What's with the Ninja Turtles shirt
"Hey Anne, why are you always wearing that &^#$% Ninja Turtle shirt when I see you on a broadcast?"
That's the famous question I'm asked often. (Well, famous taken VERY lightly and in jest).
Behind the awesome Ninja Turtles shirt, The Glow in the Dark Pumpkin, and the All Night Football Girl's League MAKE A PASS shirt, there is a purpose.
When this live streaming journey began I would spend a lot of time on my knees, sifting through clothes at the bottom of my closet and digging through piles desperately seeking the right thing to wear for each broadcast. (How's that for a mental impression?)
One day, exhausted and frantic, I looked up from the floor of my closet at the light on the ceiling and declared, "I really need to decide what to wear the night before I do this". I thought about how I have my own children pick their clothes out the night before school (and hang their clothes up - unlike me), and determined I'd give myself the same rule.
I was quickly saved from that ridiculous notion by a Ted Talks. I wish I could remember which Ted Talks it was so I could link it here. The topic was about saving time. The presenter shared, "Have you ever noticed that Steve Jobs wore the same shirt for every presentation?" He went on to talk about how reducing the number of choices he made in his own life had given him more hours in a day.
That was my AHA moment. I no longer had to be a good example to my children and pick out my clothes the day before a broadcast or hang my clothes up at all! I just had to wear the same shirt for every show.
The tradition began.
I chose the All Night Football Make a Pass shirt pictured here and began wearing it for every broadcast.
Wearing the same shirt is something successful people do all the time...well...it's something successful men do. President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and Albert Einstein are among those that have been reported doing the same thing. (read Elite Daily's article, The Science of Simplicity).
Now we have fun with the shirts on the show. Shirts are retired after they get holes in them or the under arms are rubbed out (really), and viewers choose the next one to be worn on the show. Lugar even wore the glow in the dark pumpkin shirt for a while after it was retired.
The plans are to auction the shirts off for charity. Until then they will sit on my wall for decoration. And as an interesting side note for those of you into math, because of this one decision I have added 10 minutes per broadcast to my life at 150 broadcasts since I started...that's 25 hours so far!
Amazing - I've added an entire day to my life with this one decision. Wow.
Whatever you choose to wear, may it be HOTTER THAN HOT!