Have you ever walked through a store looking for a specific item? Let’s say your mom sent you to the store for something that you rarely, if ever, pick up.
You go to the aisle that you hope to find the item in and then skim each shelf. But what happens when you can’t find it?
If we’re being honest, we keep skimming the shelves until our patience wears thin and then we find an employee. The employee walks us over to a spot not too far from where we were just skimming and points out exactly what we are looking for. It was literally right in front of us.
Why does this happen?
It happens because all to often we create a picture in our head of what something is supposed to look like and search for that, instead of looking for things as they are.
This happens with people too. It’s not uncommon to make an assumption about someone, just to find out that they are nothing like what we wrote them off to be.
The same can be said for qualities we find in others.
To be successful, one must be determined and work hard, but there is not a specific blueprint for either of these qualities.
By having a pre-set vision of what hard work and determination looks like, you have a high possibility of missing these qualities in other people.
Qualities we find in others do not have to be packaged in a specific way or displayed in a way that is excepted by the masses. By having preconceived notions we limit ourselves to seeing the greatness in people around us.
With that being said, remember to stay open minded. Everyone brings something special to the table, and sometimes the best things don’t come wrapped up in a bow.