• Susan Otim-Neal

Give Everyone an “A”

September signifies “back to school” for many families in America and around the world. With that in mind, I want to share the book The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life.  In it, authors Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander talk about a concept called “giving an A,” which suggests that we simply choose the perspective of seeing everyone, including ourselves as having great potential.

People rise (or fall) to our level of expectation. Imagine what would happen if you gave an A to anyone and everyone —your spouse, children, students, employer, co-workers—even strangers.

Especially now, in the politically and racially polarized times we live in, it’s easy to fall into the unconscious habit of judging others for not living up to what we think they are capable of or how we feel they should act. We then end up labeling them as C’s, D’s or even F’s. But what if we viewed them through the eyes of the potential they do have? What if we gave them an A right from the beginning and treated them accordingly? What sorts of relationships would you have, and what types of results would you get?

Its really a matter of perspective…what grade do you want to live?


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