A fictional character from a comedic documentary, maybe, but “The Office” was so admirable because it resonated with viewers. Let’s take a look at a great moment and translate it into everyday life. “Losers prove me wrong.”
When meeting the new team he will manage as CEO, Robert California writes down each member of his office. He divides them into two categories, later which he explains as “Winners and losers.” Looking beyond a television series, it’s true that we cannot change the first impression. Similarly, we cannot chance a first impression. We can help to sway a person’s view of us, but we should do everything we can to give a great first impression.
After his team finds his secret list, they spend much time analyzing what it could mean. Robert delivers the following message to his team:
“Let me tell you some things I find productive. Positive reinforcement. Negative reinforcement. Honesty. I’ll tell you some things I find unproductive. Constantly worrying about where you stand based on inscrutable social clues and then inevitably reframing it all in a reassuring way so that you can get to sleep at night. No, I do not believe in that at all. If I invited you to lunch I think you’re a winner, if I didn’t I don’t, but I just met you all. Life is long, opinions change. Winners prove me right. Losers prove me wrong.”
That’s the message we’re conveying today. It’s the way we’ve decided to start our journey on our new site. Change some opinions. Prove some people right. In other cases, prove some people wrong. You never know who is watching, but be sure that if you do the right things at all times, those actions will pay off.
The proof is in the pudding.