First Impressions Do Count. Don’t judge a book by its cover? If I don’t have a good (enough) 1st impression, then, I don’t bother for the 2nd. My 1st impression works 90% of the time, so, why waste time “digging” through the remaining 10%, which the only purpose of which is to find a better impression than the first; meaning a better candidate.
Leaders collect knowledge, gained from 1st impressions, so as to better measure them. Consider this: First impression are not limited to human beings, as in interviewing a potential employee. Thank in terms of the popular TV show…The Shark…. where 3 or 4 multi-millionaires evaluate a candidate and his business product or idea. They develop a “first impression” so as to determine the amount of their interest in investing. They rely heavily on their “first impression” of the “product” or business idea.
Recently I did business with a plumbing company, and asked (as part of forming my “first impression”) how many TRUCKS he had in his fleet. The purpose was to help me determine “how big” his business was, or was he just putting on a “show” of BIGNESS.
After 50+ years, I still rely on 1st impressions. The Bible warns us to judge the heart of a man, not the surface. I do judge that part of the heart that surfaces in my 1st impression. And, when I employ 2nd impressions, it’s solely for substantiating my 1st impression. What do you do?
During the 3-year ministry of Jesus, on earth…do you think the thousands of disciples based their decisions (as to follow Him, or not… to believe that He was the Son of God, or not) on their “first impression?” Or, did they do some serious research to determine His AUTHENTISITY…. To TRUST as to who He was… or was not? I would think they ALL went on their “first impression.” What kind of “first impression” do you think that Simon Peter made on Jesus? Or, any of the Apostles?
What kind of “first impression” are we (that would be you and me) making on those who “follow us?” If we are a recognized LEADER, then what “they” think of us is very important. Most often, like it or not…”what you see is what you get.”
…Blessings …..cjlb …1/8/16