“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
Have you ever seen this quote before? It’s believed to have originated from the Dr. Seuss author, but that isn’t certain. That’s not the point, though.
I see this quote used a lot, but I think it’s sometimes misused. Look at the middle part: “… those who mind don’t matter”. Is it ever okay to say people, any people, don’t matter? Perhaps we should question this! And should everyone really just do and say whatever we want all the time? Doesn’t timing and your audience matter?
Last week’s post was about Rainbow Girls in the workplace in honor of Labor Day. Let’s continue the theme… What if you applied this saying at work? You represent the company you work for, no matter your role. You can’t just say and do anything you want. Your boss will mind and she does matter!
A good leader knows she can still be herself and say the things she needs to say while keeping in mind that there’s a time and place for everything. Practice and maturity is how you perfect that!