This month’s quote is a bit of a curve ball.

“Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.” — Anonymous

For example, I choose what socks I’m going to wear based almost solely on their color. As for my friends, the color of their skin has no bearing on friendship. The colors that they wear best can often be a gateway into their personality.

In the world of business we make choices all the time, including with whom we want to form relationships. The old adage of dressing in a dark suit and wearing dark socks, etc. is nothing to scoff at. However the world is made up of so many businesses where a suit and tie would be ridiculous, that we need to consider other perspectives. One’s attire is an integral part of one’s persona – that image we all project to others. Those people who have ebullient personalities, dress accordingly. They’re the ones that stand out in a crowd and project themselves freely. Most of us tend to shy away from the spotlight, while still honoring our uniqueness. A dash of color can say a lot.

Of course, choosing your friends based on the color of their skin is preposterous. However, I wonder how many of us are even aware of what color clothing they look best in; and furthermore what colors that other people are wearing most attracts us? One’s eye color can often carry a clue to color preference, but not always. Take a look around and become more aware of the impact that color has in your lives, especially at work. A good business is a colorful business!