I learnt that the hard way when I was in secondary school and got bullied badly for being different.
I was so chuffed. I thought I was finally really going to learn something. Wow, that was a misconception. That’s of course not what secondary school is for. So being the nerd that I was and standing up for what I knew and wanted to learn got me singled out pretty quickly.
I changed my style and my behaviour and overnight, after three years of being bullied and switching to a new class, I became one of the most popular boys in school. That’s what turned me into a believer in behavioural psychology pretty early.
My clothing style is often seen as eccentric. David Ogilvy, who both informed my style as well as my stance in life, always said: “Develop your eccentricities while you’re young. Otherwise, in old age people think you’re going gaga.”
Many people loathe navy double breasted blazers. I don’t. And these days, I am glad to say, I give zero fucks about that.
This year has been a year of reinvention for me and that sometimes brings out the bullied boy in me, so I go into recluse and have a few weeks of nagging self-doubt and get pretty close to being visited by what Winston Churchill calls the black dog.
I am glad to report that I have found that I still stand for the core things I believe in and have significantly deepened my craft this year.
To celebrate that, I am sporting a navy blazer today.
What do you stand for? What are your eccentricities?