Stop Projecting Your Fears

  • Empathize, walk a week in their shoes
  • Ask more questions
  • Stay open

Walk a week in their shoes

You know the phrase “You couldn’t walk a mile in my shoes”. It means before passing judgment or projecting fear, consider their experiences their thinking and approach. Most times people are so wrapped up in their own narratives that they never truly consider a new one. Try ‘A day in the life’ where you turn your routine completely upside down. It could give you a new perspective.

Ask then ask again

If you have a question, ask it two different ways because it’s likely that you didn’t ask the real question first. Get to the root of your real concern by asking more specific questions.

Stay Open

Whenever I’m faced with some new uncomfortable point of view I tell myself “This is a judgement free zone”. Staying open by listening to understand and remaining receptive throughout conversation. I’ve discovered that in general people are actually really smart, they just have biases and other forms of truths like the rest of us.



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Imani Simpson

Imani Simpson

Modern Cultural Creative | Product Designer.