Years ago, I was very upset when I got passed over for a promotion. I was surprised, so I asked one of the hiring members for feedback. The answer? I wore too much gold jewelry. Shocking, I know. But there was a lesson in there, if this person had just delivered it correctly. The reality of the professional world is that we all come from different backgrounds and those backgrounds should be celebrated, but you also don't want to impede progress because someone is distracted by your earrings. Here's how to adapt in the workforce without losing yourself.