“You’re wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room, from a pile of *stuff*.”
Remember the feeling of fear when Miranda Priestly hilariously-punished Andrea in *THAT* blue sweater scene? It still has me on edge rewatching it..
Not because I’ve worked in a world where Devil-Wear-Prada types once existed, but because I could literally write a book just about this monologue from Devil Wears Prada.
✌🏼 About how Miranda Priestly, as head of a trend setting fashion bible proved her knowledge and passion about the industry she was in.
✌🏼 About how there are so many influences and trends that we are all consuming (in magazines, on social media, on blogs) and how we’re probably not even realising!
✌🏼 About the quality craftsmanship and creativity that surrounds us on a daily basis, and how there is a level of research, product development and brand marketing involved behind the scenes that you wouldn’t even know existed.
✌🏼About how industries you work in might be symbolic to social media. Trends come and go, bandwagons are jumped on and soon forgotten, your feeds are curated not just by you but by the brands and people you choose to follow. “The people in this room” (aka you as a business owner and the accounts you follow) are selecting the “sweaters” (aka “content, product and services”) that are available to you.
I could go on. This isn’t actually a post about fashion or “stuff”, but rewatching this scene can remind us all to dig deep to find a level of appreciation for everyone that surrounds us in their chosen field of work. Enjoy their knowledge, admire their passion, thrive on their creativity. In return we respect choices, what we wear and what we like. We’re not all each other’s ideal clients – what a dull world that would be – but whatever you do, approach with kindness & compassion, always.
Watch the clip I am referring to here.