I've learned to pout because of using social media. Others pout professionally or socially, and they do it so darn well.
As for me, I try my best. I don’t mind looking like a 52½ year old bloke who’s got gas. My pout gets noticed yes, but I don’t take it, or myself, too seriously at all.
The ability to self-mock yourself, shows great maturity (in my eyes anyway). It shows an awareness of your own capabilities; your strengths and weaknesses. You can self-coach yourself sometimes by identifying what you’re good at, and perhaps, what you could do better?
We can all do something slightly better if we know about it and try.
It’s better to laugh than to cry
Self-mockery isn’t the same though, as 'self adulation'. Now that’s a completely different thing, but we see so much of that today. Much more than we did when Carly Simon had everyone guessing who she was singing about back in the 70’s with ‘You’re so vain’.
When we can break down our own ego’s, without fear of losing any self-respect or credibility, we are infinitely more resilient ourselvesTo be able to identify what our ‘flaws’ are, also helps us recognise our true strengths. We help to develop and build relationships with others because internal to the rank and role, we recognise humility and character. We show it. That helps us to be and to share resilience together. And all without the need for a detailed plan or complicated algorithm.
When we can break down our own ego’s, without fear of losing any self-respect or credibility, we are infinitely more resilient ourselves. If we are indulged in self-adulation, it creates the opposite effect. We swap ‘war stories’ to boost our credibility ego or say where we are next, to showcase some degree of success? We get sexed up in our image.
For me, anybody who shows a sense of character and the ability to be professional when needed, but can also show the human side of life, it shows they can adapt to today’s world quite easily, and that shows great resilience.