Don’t Judge Too Early
A person may be a polished dresser with pants and a nice shirt, short hair and well groomed. The person may even work in a business or engineering job. The notion might be to think they are conservative and rigid. Once you get to know them you find out they are the furthest thing from conservative and rigid.
Or you see a guy dressed in skinny jeans, loud shirt, messy hair and funky glasses. They may work in the creative industry too. A person might think they are liberal and the “go-with-the-flow” type who have no structure. Come to find out, they enjoy structure, understand business well and are process oriented.
These are just two examples, but two that happen quite often in my work environment. Ones that I have fallen victim to myself. I know that we shouldn’t judge people on the way they look and stereotypes, but being human I don’t always live up to that. When I have broken down those walls in my perceptions I have found many more great business partners and friends.
This is can be true of businesses too. Have you ever not bought a product or service based on the price? “The price is too cheap. The quality must be bad.” What about not eating at a restaurant because it looks rundown? You could be missing out on some really good food because of the preconceived notion that a restaurant that looks rundown can’t have good food.
If we are respecting people and businesses, we don’t judge them before we know them. I know firsthand this is not easy, but the better are about not jumping to conclusions about people and businesses the richer our relationships can be with these people or businesses.