“Wearing a football shirt makes you more a businessman than wearing a shirt and tie. At least the football shirt isn’t fake.”
Whether this is a rant or an inspiration make up your own mind. It’s Sunday and it’s come at the end of another week full of business for me. It’s been a busy week as a businessman you know. Meetings, client calls, e-mails, copywriting, drafting documents, Word, Excel, phone calls, setting up new websites. I’ve done all that this week. But there is something that annoys me about the modern day business person: Image.
Image is a load of bollocks. It’s a brace of balls in a bag. Business is not about image, business is not about “dress to impress”. Business all boils down to individual people and their minds. Decisions are made in our minds, not in a fucking clothes shop. I turn up to business meetings in a Glentoran FC football shirt because I’m not going to be a fake. I’m not going to put a shirt and tie on to look good to others. A Glentoran shirt looks better and it’s real. It’s really me.
One thing about working in London all those moons ago was that I over dressed. I’d wear a shirt and tie to events, I’d even bought a comb at one point to comb my hair. Things must have got really crazy when I splashed out on a jar of cheap aftershave to impress a client. Again, it’s all excrement from a cow farm, believe me.
The only thing that matters in the business world is decisions made in people’s minds. The brain is mightier than the flashy shirt and tie. When I taught English in Hong Kong, went to business meetings in London and worked at Internations in Hong Kong, I wore a shirt and tie. But I was being fake. I’d rather have had a football shirt on, and my brain works the same whatever I’m wearing.
For those that meet me in real life, down the pub, in the hostel, at the stadium etc. you might see me wearing a football shirt. Why? Is it for image? Is it to make me look better to others? Is it for me to look down on those who wish they could wear a football shirt?
No, it’s because I’m a real person. I really love football and I support three teams – AFC Bournemouth, Glentoran FC and Northern Ireland (my country). I don’t give a flying fuck about image. None whatsoever madam – I’m wearing these for myself and my love of football.
And also – if a person wearing a shirt and tie tells me they are a backpacker, then they are a backpacker. There is no style of fashion of clothing associated with backpacking, corporate business, banking. People and people and we are judged on our minds and our personality and interaction with others – we are not judged by clothing. We can wear what we want but just because some halfwit is wearing a shirt and tie and I’m wearing a football shirt, doesn’t make them any better or worse than me. We are all the same. We are business people.
“Wear jeans to weddings”