Someone once told me that a good “About Me” page on a website both attracts and repels. I think this W.C. quote runs in the same vein. It is important to know what you stand for and who your allies are, whether that’s with your business approach as displayed for a potential client to see, or a larger moral stand taken in life (often, the two are related).
It’s important to be able to orate who you are. Telling people how you feel about an idea help them (it will let them know whether you’re interested/uninterested) and lets you make choices and decisions based on what you want to do, instead of what you think will make them happy.
This is a great lesson to learn as quickly as possible if you’re a people-pleaser by nature. Sometimes it can seem so easy to give people the answers they want to hear, “Yes, I can do that.” to things you’re not really passionate about, because it’s the easy answer. When you do this, you don’t speak up for yourself, and you steer yourself down a course you never wanted to be on in the first place. Not only is it not great for you, but chances are the people around you will be able to sense you’re not really happy, and that doesn’t make them feel great either. They also want to work with people who are passionate about the same things that they are!
Figure out who you want to be. Start making choices as if you’re already that person, and pretty soon you will be. People who have similar ideals will love you for who you are, and even your enemies will admire your ability to stick to your guns.