Label Yourself

by Jade Handy on July 15, 2010

I got the idea for this post from Kare Anderson’s Label Yourself Before Someone Else Does.  But, I’ve had the concept for some time now.

In an earlier post, I said in passing, “Like it or not, you have to train people how to treat you.  Part of this is feeding them the labels you want them to use when thinking or talking about you.

This post has some of that, but more so, it has to do with choosing what and whom you decide to associate yourself with.  But not so much in the social circle way, more so in the thinking of thinking-of-that-makes-me-think-of-you-automatically way.

Probably, most know the thing about your income being an average of your 5 best friends or people you associate with.  Separate in meaning from th meaning of this post, this “labeling yourself” has to do with consciously choosing.

I recommend choosing wisely.

I have heard people talk about themselves in negative light.  I heard the other day people will put you on the pedestal you put yourself on, but they will tear you down viciously if you don’t live up to your label.  So, keep this in mind.

I think this is behind the fear that people have of speaking highly of themselves.  This, and if someone challenges them on their self-proclaimed label, they won’t have the confidence or rhetorical skill set to defend themselves.

The third possibility is I’m wrong on all counts.  Although, the reality of the reason matters not.

What still rings true is the need to create labels for yourself, or someone else will.

The Iowa State Fair is coming up, and this will be a smorgasbord of labels and the cream of the crop (to use an Iowa corn idiom.)  Over a million people will be labeling themselves one way or another through their words, shirts, and behaviors.

I can think of no other place where the full range labels co-exist in full public display.

What labels are you creating for yourself?


We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.  –Denis Diderot  #alliteration

It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.  –Warren Buffett

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