Too often people assume they know someone before they actually do. Maybe it is the way they look, speak or carry themselves. Perhaps it is more to do with what has been said or published in the media. It may be a feeling or a sixth sense. In any case, it is risky.
Anthony Field talks passionately about the importance of letting our children flourish and truly celebrating who they are. It got me thinking about the free spirit and positivity of children, who may at times be shy but for the most part are willing to make friends with anyone – regardless of where they come from or what they look like. Here are 3 reasons to embrace the spirit of our future, our children, and think before you judge:
1. You could be missing out. Sometimes the greatest people in our lives come from a completely surprising place. If you are closed off and judgemental you run the risk of failing to connect with someone that could change the way you look at things and where you may end up – personally or professionally.
2. Do to others as you would have them do to you. It’s an oldie but a goodie. It doesn’t feel good to be judged or underestimated. Last week we talked about the negative effects of bullying – judging someone is in many ways a form of bullying, because everyone deserves a chance to prove themselves worthy of your time and connection. Mahatma Ghandi had many wise things to say, but one of my favourites would have to be: A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes. Make it your mission to think positively, your actions will follow.
3. Tolerance and individuality make the world go around. As a leader it is important to embrace the individual skills and talents of those around you. If we were all the same things would get boring pretty fast. Sometimes this means embracing conflicting personalities as much as complementary ones, because in certain situations this can bring out the best in those around you. I can almost guarantee, you won’t regret tolerance in the same way that you will regret unfairly judging someone and being wrong.
What do you think, how important is it to appreciate people’s differences and keep an open mind?
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