Sometimes we think we know people well because we have known them for years.
The other day I was watching a documentary about Earvin ”Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird (two Hall of Fame basketball players). It referred to Johnson two different ways. His “Magic” Johnson persona was the famous basketball player who went to all of the biggest parties in LA, dated the models, loved the limelight etc. His Earvin Johnson persona was the caring, intelligent person who worked as hard, if not harder, than anyone else in order to be the best. This isn’t a case of “split personalities” or any psychological disorder but rather, we all tend to have different personalities in different situations.
You might know your neighbor as the caring family man while others might know him as a cut throat business person.
You might know your friend as the goofy life of the party while others might know him as the world class surgeon who saves lives.
You might know the person down the street as the lady who volunteers for all of the charities and donates generously while others might know her as the ruthless banker who keeps turning down loan applications.
It’s easy to assume we know people but do we really know them in all of their environments?
Have a great day!