Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover


At times, I¬†am quite surprised by my judgments and opinions. Recently a friend recommended a book called The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon.¬† As she said the name of the book, I wrote it down in my planner.¬† I must have at least 3-4 books on my “to read” list, but for some reason I was avoiding ordering this book.¬† Usually when a book is recommended, I immediately purchase the book or audio.¬† For this book, it¬†was different -there was something that made me NOT want to rush out to get it.¬† However, the constant nagging in my mind along with the “I have nothing better to do but laundry today” urged me to order the audio version of the book.

Boy was I wrong, very wrong.  The Energy Bus is probably the best book I have read (well listened to) since Oola: Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World.  So as I reflected, I wondered what made me so hesitant to read this book.

And then I realized it was the title.¬†You know the old¬†saying “don’t judge a book by its cover.” ¬†As I reflected I also realized how narrow minded I was because of its title.¬† After reading the book, I realized I would’ve been a fool to not read the book because of its title.¬† Then I started to think… don’t judge a book by its cover. Then I thought … or its title.

How many of us go through life and immediately make judgments and formulate opinions before we have all the information?  This was certainly the case for me and a powerful lesson as I reflected.

As I began to write this article, I was also thinking about “titles”.¬† In life and in business, titles may indicate you have a prestigious background or experience in a certain field.¬† Do we judge people based on these titles?¬† Well, let’s think about this for a minute, does your¬†job title say a lot about you? Well,¬†it¬†probably tells us what you do and where you fit into an organization.

I know I am certainly judged by my title.¬† Are you?¬† But the bigger question is … do you judge a title?

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