You’ve likely said or heard the above phrase before in some context at some point in time. That being said, it is not a cliché. It is not a platitude. Image is Everything earns exclusion from those ever growing laundry lists due to the fact that it is just that: A fact.
People who represent organizations (from start-ups to enterprises) are largely dependent on their reputation and directly correlated with their success and failure. Their image is everything. Individuals working for these, myself included, are judged by an invisible perceived algorithm that will ultimately decide your future. If image is everything, then by extension, perception is reality.
Many crucial aspects that paramount to one’s potential success are by-products of image including, but not limited to: First Impressions, Perception and Respect. It’s how you present yourself, not just being cognizant of what you say, but how you say it.
So remember, when pushing for a big promotion or a game-changing new job to vault you into the next career stratosphere: You can be the best in the game at what you do, but if you don’t have the image you won’t even get the chance to show it.
Career advice from:
Director of Sales
Marketers on Demand Inc.