By Casey Grey
I would like to believe that I don't judge people based on first impressions but I know I would be lying to myself.
It's in our nature. We're wired to make quick assessments and analyze the situation so that we know how we "should" act.
Unfortunately, in today's world, these quick assessments can work against us. If we're only judging the book by it's cover, we could missing all the potential that lies within it OR we could be fooled only to find out that there's nothing of value beyond the cover.
Is the cover important? Absolutely!
The cover is what gets people's attention. It says "Hey! Look at me! I'm important! I have value to share!"
And if it truly does have something important to share, something of value, people will soon find out and continue to spread the word.
And if it's garbage, people will find that out too... And likely share that as well...
So what is more important? The cover or what's beyond the cover?
I believe they're both equally important. They need each other in order to survive.
How you present yourself is your book cover and everything inside of you is your story.
When you show up, people will judge you unconsciously. They will see the car you drive, the clothes you wear, the way you carry yourself, how you speak, how you listen and anything else that they think is important.
The thing is, just like when they look at the cover of a book, they're making all these judgements based on their views of the world which were formed by their past experiences.
What does that mean?
It means that ten different people could judge you ten different ways.
So does it matter what clothes you wear, what car you drive or how you act?
But not because of what other people are going to think...
Because of what YOU are going to think.
You are judging yourself more than you are judging others and I bet you are meaner towards yourself than you are towards others.