Something I have to emphasize to so many people and companies is that the world is full of people, not robots. People who have kids and families and lives outside of their jobs and how they spend the money they make there. These people should be passionate and thriving members of society but all to often we’re just exhausted at the end of the day and unable to get things moving in a way that shows that we are more than robots. So I say it’s time that we stand up! Let’s stand up and say that we’re more than the career we have, the mistakes we and/or our kids or partner have made, and have great value to contribute to the world.
It’s time we stop creating permanent and limiting labels on people and start understanding that what we see and what is presented to society is only a small portion of who they really are. Cindy Crawford is more than a model. Tom Brady is more than a football player. Angelina Jolie is more than an actress. Melanie Sprouse is more than Cole and Dillon’s mom. Kat Von D is more than a tattoo artist. The lady down the street is more than a school teacher. The teen in the next town over is more than a gamer.
So while I know that it will take a long time to change the stereotypes that have stuck on people, the best place to start being more understanding is with yourself. Don’t be afraid to fill up a wall or several with different labels about yourself; labels that only some people see because they’re close with you or have a history with you, labels that describe your passions and heart for different causes, and labels that remind you you’re more than the label society has tagged you with. Then go ahead and look at someone else. Find out what makes them tick beyond what you know to be true about them. Don’t let their outward appearance fool you into thinking they don’t have multiple layers or aren’t a good person, they’re just as complicated as you are.
So let’s talk about this: what labels have you been stuck with, and what labels would you give yourself?
“The pro skaters I know are responsible members of society. Many of them are fathers, homeowners, world travelers and successful entrepreneurs. Their hairdos and tattoos are simply part of our culture, even when they raise eyebrows during PTA meetings.” Tony Hawk