Whose Shoes Are You Wearing?

Picking out a good pair of shoes can sometimes be a hassle. You have a ton of different options: the brands, the type of shoe, the color, the fit, the feel, what you’re going to use them for, and more. There are shoes for children, shoes for adults, and shoes for both men and women. There are tons and tons of options when it comes to picking out shoes, but most importantly there’s you.

Are they the right shoes for you?

So many times we try to be something that we are not. We try to live up to expectations that others have set for us but just aren’t right for us. We work in positions that aren’t great for us. We do things that don’t quite fit because we are pretending to not be us.

We are trying to fit into a size 13 shoe when really we are a 9. There is nothing wrong with being a 13 and there is nothing wrong with being a 9. It is important to be you and wear the shoes that fit you.

There are times when we need to grow a little before fitting into the next size up. The problems start happening when we are trying to wear other people’s shoes instead of our own.

Not everyone is a developer, not everyone is a designer, not everyone is an engineer, not everyone is an extrovert, not everyone is an introvert. No matter where you work and what you do, make sure you are wearing the right shoes.

The same principle applies in business. Are you branding yourself as something you’re not? Are you marketing claims you can’t back up? Are you trying to fit your company’s culture into the shell of another business?

One of the most important things in life and one of the hardest is understanding yourself, but that’s part of the journey. Sometimes the shoe fits at first glance but it’s not until we start walking that we realize it’s just not right and time to try a different pair.

Love the journey.