A Second Look

A famous classical musician slipped on jeans and a baseball cap. He then took his million dollar Stradivarius violin into the Washington, DC metro and played for passengers. They were not impressed because he didn't look the part of a professional. He wasn’t wearing concert attire or playing in a concert hall.

A toddler was brought into the emergency room of a hospital for three straight days. But doctors dismissed her symptoms because of her mother’s behavior. On the third visit, the girl died.

In their book "Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior," Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman say these are examples of premature labeling.

Before you determine the inherent worth of someone or something, take a deep breath and make sure your first impression isn’t keeping you from seeing what's really going on.

Stephen Goforth