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How Susan Boyle Gets Away With It

Some people get away with it.  Some presenters do.  Susan Boyle, the sensational Britain’s Got Talent singing contestant does.  She is not at all interested in a make-over.  She wants to be herself.  Usually, we try to pour people into molds – because that’s what is expected.  Lawyers wear dark suits, Hollywood stars are trim and fit, presidents need to look presidential, etc.  Sometimes I will work with a client who totally breaks the mold – and I encourage him or her to do so.  I worked with a lawyer who wears suede jackets with long fringes on the sleeves, a marketing executive who wears dresses that look like cattle feed bags, and a popular governor was famous for wearing jeans, a jacket, tie, and cowboy boots.  How did they do it – defy the odds of expectation?  The reason they get away with it….. is because they are phenomenal at what they do.  They are so phenomenal that it does not matter if they fit the stereotypes.  They are popular because of their own uniqueness.  My advice?  If you rank anywhere from 1-9 on the excellence scale, regardless of your profession, – stick with the norm of expectation.  But if you are breaking barriers with your abilities, go ahead and develop your own uniqueness. You can get away with it!

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