Anand worked at a radio station all his life. He was a well-known and famous radio show host. All of his friends and colleges knew him by one feature: if he’s on-air, he is always wearing a suit and a tie. They laughed at him: ‘No one ever sees you, why do you dress like that?’, but he always turned that into a joke.
One day Anand was invited to appear on the TV. There was a show dedicated to the oldest radio employees. For the first time the people, who only knew him by his voice, would see him. Before the recording of the show, the director came to him and asked:
Usually you arrive on time, but today you are 10 minutes late. It’s not bad, but I’m still interested, why?
You see, Anand answered, at the last moment when I was already dressed up, I noticed that my socks were dirty. For the first time I was invited to the television, and I thought that simply wearing them is not god enough. So I needed to go to the store for new socks.
But why do you need new socks? The director was surprised. You could have come without the socks, because we will be filming you only in close-up, over the waist.
You see, to be spotless on-air, I need to feel myself spotless in everything, starting with the shirt and finishing with the pen in my pocket. And if my socks have holes in them, or my shoes are dirty, I’m not spotless anymore. This would have impacted my confidence and I dint want to take any chances!!
Even small things make a big difference to self confidence
Don’t ignore them.
To look confident, you need to feel confident