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Having FUN Doesn’t Make You an Unprofessional Schmuck

In: WTF Find Your Fucking Voice

Fun is underrated.

We spend so much of our lives trying to get taken seriously, that fun becomes something we think of as shameful, dirty; something to be minimized in a professional setting. Giggles are juvenile; jokes are adolescent; anything more than a poker face threatens your status as “a respectable professional.”

But that’s only because we mistake seriousness for professionalism.

That grouchy fucking face doesn’t make anyone look legitimate; it makes you look unenthusiastic.

The truth is, you either know your stuff or you don’t, and when you do?

Your personality becomes a bonus—not a liability.

But when you don’t know what you’re doing, on the other hand, you need to lean on very serious-seeming smoke and mirrors to prop yourself up.

As it turns out, seriousness doesn’t help you get taken more seriously.

Skill does.

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