Seeing Others For Who They Are
At a previous internship, we had a catering service that served us lunch a few times a week. One day, as I was lining up for lunch, I started talking with one of the servers. After chatting for a few minutes I invited him out for some tea so we can talk some more. During our chat, he told me he appreciated that I saw past his uniform and treated him as an equal.
I get this compliment often. But it was something I had to work on.
Now, it doesn’t matter to me if someone has crazy credentials. It doesn’t matter if they’ve committed crimes in the past. It doesn’t matter to me how much money they make or if they’re CEO of a large company. I try not to see people and judge. I try to see them for who they are now.
That’s how I want others to see me, and that’s how I aim to see others.
How do I do this?
The answer is simple.
When I’m talking to someone, I’m present.
That’s my secret.