We often make the mistake of assuming – largely based on our knowledge and previous “experience.” However what we are really doing is putting a barrier, not an assumption.
We are labeling, profiling, judging and finding people guilty of an assumption they did not even commit.
Recently I encountered someone who sat next to me at dinner – someone whom I don’t know – as he began to make conversation he also began to make assumptions, assuming my profile started to think of places I would like to eat, or clubs I belong to.
Soon enough I found myself not wanting to talk, why should one talk if one is already guilty of an assumption, might as well just smile.
Be careful – don’t turn off the people you meet, try not to assume much of anything about anyone until you have had a chance to see them – and in the long run its better just NOT to assume at all.