The Value of a Second Impression

We have all heard the adage, "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression".  Yes, it's true that if we do not come off as sincere and interesting or interested, others may write us off.  Often times the loss is mutual.  The other never gets to know us and we them.  Connecting to another is one of the great benefits and issues that matter in life.  It struck me yesterday just how important it is for us to not be the one who so easily writes another off.  Our own personal loss can be immeasurable.  We were lazy the other night and decided to order out.  I drove to pick up the food.  While waiting for the order I sat at the bar and overheard a waitress tell the bartender that she should be marking her grade nine exams.  My first impression was the following.  "Pretty, 22,23 yrs old.  From a privileged family. Her parents were likely responsible for getting her this choice job. Somehow I joined the conversation and it went like this. "How did you get into teaching?" "I got my education in the armed forces" "How long were you in the forces?" "5 years" "What did you do?" "Served in active duty" "Where" "Afghanistan" "Did you see any action?" "Yes, I was a platoon sergeant.  I commanded a group of 20 American troops" "What was that like?" "It was hard.  We lost 14" I stood there speechless for a moment trying to take in the image of this young woman who looked no more than 23 and the story I had just been told.  She was not privileged.  She was not spoiled.  She was not just another privileged pretty face as I had thought.  She was strong. Bright.  Driven and with more life experience and courage than I could imagine.  Here's what this means I guess.  Had I not taken the time for a second impression I would have been left with my first which was absolutely, completely and Perspectives - The Power of Why by Randy Taylor of Taylormade Leadership @TheWinnerWithin (Social)without question wrong.  Do this then.  Don't close the door on first impressions.  You may just miss out on meeting those people who change the world.  Have an excellent day. Be well, Randy Taylor
Taylormade Leadership

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