You’re valuable just because you exist, and you are worthy of doing something just because it’s nice with no achievement.
– Rebekka Tauqiri, psychologist
SBS Insight Program “Pushing for Success“
Our society likes to put labels on people – are they successful? What are their achievements? When someone asks “how are you?” are they really asking “what have you achieved lately?” If someone was to ask you “are you happy?” how would you respond? How do you define success? Or do you let success define you? Do you measure your success by how much “better” you are than someone else?
First impressions are important in both our personal and professional lives, and very often, these are intertwined. For example, when you meet someone for the first time at a party, a function or some event, you introduce yourself by your name and, depending on the occasion, by your profession. Do you ever catch yourself immediately judging your new acquaintance or yourself by this introduction? If someone told you they were a doctor or lawyer, do you react differently to them than if they told you they were a janitor?