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Monday Velocity - First Impressions Matter

Published 2 months ago • 3 min read

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First Impressions Matter

We experience an incredible number of “first impressions” on any given day. The person who cuts us off in traffic is most definitely a jerk. The person roaming down the street talking to themselves is most definitely crazy. We know nothing more about these people, but we associate this impression with them when we think back to those experiences.

This extends to acquaintances, or people we see more frequently than strangers but not as often as friends. That one guys always drinks too much. That other girl is selfish. That guy you’ve met at a few parties is lazy and unmotivated. Regardless of whether or not these observations are factually true, they are true for us.

First impressions matter a great deal. Our reputation precedes us, and we have a small window of time to tell people who we are. If you have a pleasant interaction with someone the first time you meet, they’ll remember you fondly. Positive impressions linger just as much as negative ones.

The moral of the story is we must be conscious of how we carry ourselves. Whether we realize it or not, someone is always watching. If we slip up, if we act in a way that is contrary to who we really are, that may be how someone remembers us. Suddenly we are remembered by a moment of weakness, by an outburst, instead of by our accomplishments, achievements, and positive interactions.

Treat every interaction like it will determine how people view you. Realize the power of life’s frequent, small moments. Every action we take is a vote for the person we want to be. We must therefore treat each of these actions as equally important. This is not always easy, but it is necessary.

Life will throw curve balls at us, it will test us, we will have hard days, we will be forced to deal with frustrating situations. We cannot allow these to affect how we carry ourselves, how we treat others around us. If we slip up, that may be how someone remembers us no matter how much good we do. So aim to always carry yourself how you want to be remembered. You won’t be perfect, but it’s worth the effort.


Hit List

The best things I've encountered this week:

What I'm reading: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman passed away this last week, and I found myself returning to this incredible work of his. He contributed a body of truly incredible work to the fields of economics and human psychology. This book is a treatise on how to make better decisions.

What I'm also reading: Noise by Daniel Kahneman

Another, more recent piece of Kahneman's work. From the summary:

In Noise, Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein show the detrimental effects of noise in many fields, including medicine, law, economic forecasting, forensic science, bail, child protection, strategy, performance reviews, and personnel selection. Wherever there is judgment, there is noise. Yet, most of the time, individuals and organizations alike are unaware of it. They neglect noise. With a few simple remedies, people can reduce both noise and bias, and so make far better decisions.

What I'm watching: Ricky Stanicky on Prime Video

This movie was way better than I thought it was going to be. I find John Cena to be hilarious, and he nailed his performance in this film. It's a unique and well-executed concept for a comedy that deviates from the norm.


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Quote of the Week:

"When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.”- Marcus Aurelius


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