In the past week or so since the loss of Apple’s Steve Jobs, much has been said about his contributions to business, technology, entertainment and culture. One of my favorite haunts for news, the Daily Beast, took a look at another area impacted by Mr. Jobs – the world of business fashion.
We will always remember the Steve Jobs look – the black mock turtleneck, the jeans and the running shoes, and as the article points out – Jobs could have easily decked himself out head to toe in the latest threads fresh off the fashion runway, yet he opted for his standard issue uniform. I love this article and this unique take on a not so regularly spoke of, yet compelling aspect of the Jobs impact.
One of those dreaded ‘climb the ladder’ type corporate sayings goes “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Earlier in my career, I subscribed to that way of thinking, but as I’ve gotten older…well let’s just say I don’t spend as much time in the men’s department at Macy’s or Nordstrom’s, and I’m doing OK career wise (on most days).
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t go into the office dressed like Jethro Bodine. It’s just that I don’t waste too much time (or $$) attempting to put lipstick on a pig, My fashion style tends to border more on comfort and practicality and less on haute couture and trying to be something I’m not (…and have no desire to be).
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
Steve Jobs: Stanford commencement address, June 2005
Yeah, our time is limited, and unfortunately, we all can’t invent the next great technological contribution to society. We can, however, strive vigorously to be as present and comfortable in our skin as Steve Jobs was…as comfortable as a mock turtleneck, jeans and a pair of running shoes.