Blog: First Impressions—How do you really know a person?
First impressions are important. Whether it is an interview for a job, a first date, or a first encounter with a new neighbor, our impressions of a person can set up the relationship for success or failure.
At the same time, we all know that first impressions do not tell the whole story. In fact, they may not be accurate at all. So what does it take to really know a person?
First impressions are largely based on appearance and visual cues. These are interpreted according to the perceptions and experiences of the one doing the assessing. They give very little information about an individual’s knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, personality, or character. Gleaning this understanding requires questioning, research, observation and time. It is a process.
As I set out to travel the state, introducing myself to the ten million people of Michigan as a candidate for governor, this topic is very relevant to me. I can’t possibly develop a deep friendship with every person I encounter, as much as I would like to “know” them.
But I do desire for them to get to “know” me! Not just as a “first impression,” but with a true understanding of who I am and what I stand for. I want them to know that I am passionate about Michigan and willing to give up a life I love to pursue the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Michigan families!
The *Introductory Tour* taking place this week is only another “beginning.” For many, it will give them their first impression. I hope folks will ask me questions, research my experiences, and take the time to go to my website and check me out. As citizens we have the responsibility and privilege to know our leaders and the candidates for whom we will vote. I welcome you into the process of getting to know me and what I desire to bring to Michigan.
Paid for by Dr. Jim Hines for Governor; P.O. Box 5595, Saginaw, MI 48603