So, it’s Kamala [comma, la] — and of all the responses that immediately flooded social media the one that caught my eye was from none other than Sarah Palin. She’s an unlikely supporter of Harris, but apparently, the implicit bond that comes from being one of only three female major party candidates in history outweighed the political differences and Palin took to Instagram to offer congratulations and some advice to the new nominee.

Much of Palin’s advice are lessons learned from enduring a brutal campaign, but one nugget applies to all of us: “…remember YOU were chosen for who YOU are.” It’s a good mantra to follow whether you are running to become vice president or working in a slightly less visible position. No matter your role, you’re wise not to allow handlers (whether they be well-intentioned friends, family, colleagues, or political operatives) to change your essence into something that fits their mold or image of you.

It’s tempting — especially in the hiring or dating process (same thing) or when you’re seeking to enhance your influence – to try to be what you think the other person wants you to be. This applies whether you are the interviewer or interviewee – there is a pull to become a tad inauthentic when it seems like being our truest selves will work against us. In those moments, resist the urge and let you be you. In the long run, it’s the only winning option.

 

Kamala in Dubuque Iowa, June 10, 2019

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