What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intelligent life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It continues to give me pause of the biases people have, based either on age or appearance. Each generation often greets another generation with surprise, rather than acceptance of what knowledge/skills they have. I experienced this phenomenon again yesterday when a person couldn’t believe that I passed an exam, because her unconscious bias placed the biggest look of surprise on her face I haven’t seen in a long time.
Positive outcomes during the day often balance the negativity we may experience. It is a work in process to learn how not to take certain actions personally or become judgmental of what may be said. The daily balancing of our soft skills is the platform for managing ourselves and others in our career path.
Surprising ourselves with what is curious could be a mantra that leads us to self-development. As you Choose Who You Want to be Known As this week, when you least expect to — have fun practicing the element of surprise of a curious situation.
Enjoy your day!
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach