Happy Mindset Monday!
Last week I was interviewing my friend Drew Manning on a podcast who is a world renown-celebrity trainer and an overall great person. 🎙️
During the conversation, he told me of a story where he criticized someone in his early days just upon entering the fitness industry.
Although at the time, he admittedly didn’t know them well due to a perceived belief that he thought was true.
But a few years later he was able to get know to the person at a much closer level, and as it turns out his perception was completely wrong. ❌
But it wasn’t until he read best-selling author Brené Brown’s work below that included this quote that gave him the true learning lesson. 👇
“People are hard to hate close up. Move in. Speak truth to bullsh**. Be civil. Hold hands. With strangers. Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart.” – Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness.
Upon reading these words “people are hard to hate close up”, he was immediately reminded of this experience which stopped him dead in his tracks.
As he realized he criticized without understanding the big picture. 🤔
Hearing this story, was a light bulb moment for me too. 💡
We humans are very quick to jump to conclusions and make assumptions on very little data. Especially when it comes to people we don’t know well and/or “something we heard through the grapevine.”
I know I’ve been guilty of this, and my guess is you have been too… 👊
So, this lesson and quote is a good reminder to take a step back, get curious, and gain some perspective.
People are hard to hate up close because most people are genuinely good. Many times, it’s our false perceptions or far-out perspective that alters our view.
So, my message for you today is that you can apply with your family, friends, colleagues, coworkers…
Be curious. Don’t be quick to jump to conclusions. There’s usually more to the story than meets the eye.
Rather learn, build a closer relationship and seek to understand. Many times, you will be surprised by the goodness of humanity and the false beliefs you once had. 💯
That will help you in your relationships, perspective, and life.
Much love & respect.
Let’s make it a great week!
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