One of the things I always say is how much I hate the word “fabulous”. It’s not the word itself, but I find its usage so pretentious. The same can be said about the word “chic”. For whatever reason, I cringe when I see people waving their hands and shrugging their shoulders with an air of elitism and judgement with these words.
I think one of the most telling things about someone is their ability to be human with another person, regardless of their title or how much (or little) that person can do for them. What I mean by human is real. Too often, aspiring designers, florists, planners and other artists start out with a passion and desire to make a living doing what they love and wind up equating success as some proof that they are better than those around them.
As these folks slowly lose touch with reality, they also let go of the hunger and openness that ignited their passion in the first place. They alienate staff members and potential partners who could teach them something and enhance their brand, and most of all, they intimidate clients who will either agree on something they do not want out of insecurity or walk away because they can’t stand the attitude.
When you treat everyone around you with respect and dignity, the world opens up. You are able to get to know the person in front of you and your work will absolutely benefit. How can you possibly understand the needs of others when you’re too busy staring in the proverbial mirror?
I think it is time we all drop the airs. Let us remember that we are here to offer our talents to our clients, regardless of how successful we become or how many people know our names. At the end of the day, we are here to serve others, not show off.
What do you think? Do you think this has gotten out of hand in our industry?