Don’t let your eyes fool you….
That’s the front of my shirt. The back reads….
A lot of people look at the front and think it says “Walt Disney.” Then they see the back and realize that their eyes played a trick on them.
Given that Task #7 in the battle of the UNswas Drink a Shot of Whiskey, the shirt fit the occasion. The setting for this task was a motorcycle rally held in my home town.
I love riding on the back of a motorcycle and dig the whole vibe of 200,000 people with wind-blown hair and tattoos walking around the streets of town.
When I was growing up my dad rode a motorcycle and took me and my sister for rides. We both got really comfortable riding and can easily side into the ‘biker chick’ role for a weekend, leaving our regular life behind in the dust for a few days.
Did you know that your first impression of someone is largely shaped by the environment you meet them in? For example, if you met me at work, you might think of me as an educated conservative. If you met me at a bike rally ordering a shot of whisky at a crowded bar, you would think something completely different. Just like the Malt Whiskey shirt, your eyes might fool you.
Me: I’ll have a shot, please.
Bartender: A shot of what?
Me: Oh, a shot of whisky.
Irritated Bartender: What kind?
Me: Oh, I don’t know, whatever.
…and that, my friends, was the beginning of a fun-filled weekend and successful completion of Task #7. Thanks Mike, for suggesting that one.
When you’re in different environments, it’s important to know your own BACKBONE and be consistently you, no matter where you are and what’s happening around you. The person you are in church is the same person you are at work…at a motorcycle rally…or in Las Vegas for the weekend.
Different Sides. Same Person. One Backbone.
Have you ever pinned someone wrong because of the environment you met them in? Have you ever been misjudged yourself?