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Don't Wait For Permission, It Ain't Coming

I saw this excellent blog post - "What a High School Student Learned from Paul Graham" - and I was really impressed with the author. He sounds like he's going to kick lots of ass.

I commented on his site, and I like how this comment turned out. Here you go -

Impressive, very good attitude. Godspeed in your endeavors.

A quick thought - don't wait for permission in any area of life. It's rarely that people will throw open the doors to you. Most forms of adventure and worthy causes and prestige can be walked into with a small amount of money as long as you're willing to try.

It costs maybe $500, max, to get a basic scubadiving license, and it's one of the most enjoyable things you'll ever do in your life.

Looking the Part

On MGT500

You only get one chance to make a first impression.

We see the importance of appearance in direct association to leadership in many ways. We have an archetype of the way God or Jesus dress, there's the story of the Emperor's New Clothes. Though that story teaches another lesson, it is interesting to think that how a leader looked was so important to him, he went out in the streets in front of all his subjects stark naked. How we present ourselves is as important to feeling like a leader as it is to the outside world. While their are deviations from the norm, for example Steve Jobs' black turtleneck look, your presentation can be the first expression of leadership you do you make.

What you wear and how you look is so important that the Wall Street Journal has a regular feature titled Work Wear.In this feature they follow the fashion cultures of leading corporations and their employees. At Foursquare they wear t-shirts, it's expressively business casual at Yahoo, anything goes at Martha Stewart Omnimedia. (WSJ, n.d) They also wrote an article just about the way mogul Thomas Barrack dresses, stating that, how he dresses "is more of a tool than a trend." (Binkley, C. 2007) He dressed differently for each locale, ties his scarves in a particular fashion, and wears red ties for luck.

In an overview of world leaders and the garb they prefer, there is a running theme of national traditional wear, military uniforms, and suits - symbols of authority and connection to one's realm of leadership. Though, some leaders have a flair for the fantastic like the previous Pope Benedict's pension for Prada or Muammar Gaddafi being known to wear elaborate outfits. It was even reported that the New York Times received a purported Gadhafi government request for help in organizing a Metropolitan Museum exhibition of the dictator's "four decades of superior dress sense." (B. Neild, 2011) It is obvious that even on the world stage how one dresses equates to their position.

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