I wrote a piece about how being a rebel meant more in business than being a subject matter expert. Despite comments to the contrary I stand by it, I do after all have a career built entirely by that ethos. But I didn’t receive this as a piece of advice until last year when I happened on a blog post by the inimitable Seth Godin.
After reading it I took the opportunity to reach out, firstly to say thanks for being a source of inspiration but also for a bit of affirmation. You see over the years you can build yourself a ‘bad boy’ reputation which can only serve you so far before it becomes a millstone around your neck. You want to be taken seriously as a professional but for some it means sacrificing the core values and beliefs that make you, you.
So I asked Seth for some simple advice; do I stay the rebel, rock the boat, rattle the cage, or do I just toe the line and march with the rest of the ducks in a row. His answer was equally as simple in return, and it forms the banner of ITredux today.
Keep making a ruckus!