And welcome to this weeks episode of WAY over dressed Wednesday! 👏😂 .
When I started my first business I was always (and I mean ALWAYS) the youngest guy in the room. .
I figured out a unique angle helping homeowners after natural disasters and while I never never had difficulty pitching and closing clients, I constantly found myself full of rooms with guys twice my age and 5x the experience. .
Both employees and insurance carriers alike kind of had this tonality about them that wreaked of “who does this little twerp think he is?” And that I didn’t need to be taken seriously. .
My response to this (and overcompensation due to my own insecurity) was to come way over the top with formality. I knew every statute (often siting insurance code or quoting their own policies unnecessarily in conversation), I wore a suit and tie every day, enforced a dress code and had my staff address me as “Mr. Nussbaum”. .
I’m literally laughing at myself as I write this shaking my head because in retrospect it’s difficult for me to fathom “needing to be taken seriously” by some field inspector making 25k / year hating his job and belittling some 22 year old kid because “he’s been inspecting since 1972”. .
Today I’m dressed in a @RevLabs hoodie and sweat shorts. I’m deliberate with my intentions but make sure I take the time to give my employees hugs and make them laugh constantly. .
Most of my people call me boss or sir but if they prefer Joshua, dude or bro that’s completely fine too. .
As far as how I am perceived or how seriously people take me, I don’t even think about it. .
I just do me with a comfortable intensity. I know I’m a force to be reckoned with when I’m in my lane. If someone disagrees it’s probably bc they haven’t experienced me for long enough and I love those fuckers just as much. .
One thing I can tell you is if we are sitting across from each other on opposing sides of an issue and you have the courage (or stupidity) to under estimate me be my guest... .
I’m more that happy to Snapchat your expression when you realize your whole panel of executives just got taken to school by the guy wearing a zip up. .
Arm Candy : @lizvino .