Those are some profound jelly beans.
I recently went to the retirement dinner for a teacher friend of mine. Kim is one of those teachers you wish you had when you were a kid, especially if you had a hard time in school. She teaches high school special education.
Fun, ready to smile, ready to help you through a difficult problem. Ready to kick your butt if necessary, but allow you to keep your dignity while she’s doing it.
And because she’s dealing with a group of kids who have struggled in school, it’s really important she sees them as more than just the “problem kids.” They’ve already had plenty of that.
So right after all the speeches about what a great teacher she was and how much she should enjoy her retirement, she got up to say a few words.
She did something very “Kim-Like.”
She passed out jelly beans to each person in the banquet room.
She then told each of us to eat the jelly bean that was our least favorite.
So of course most of the people in the room reached for the black one, thinking there’d be licorice in our near future.
We bite in…
She tricked us!
They’re called “Diversity Jelly Beans.”
We look at the outside and assume we know exactly what’s happening on the inside.
Black? Must be licorice. Red? Cherry, or cinnamon.
Special education student? Must be dumb. Or slow. Or poor. Or from a broken home.
Too many people have had opportunities taken away from them because someone made an assumption about them based on what was outside.
The best teachers get to know their students as individuals. Not as labels.
Those are the teachers who get remembered forever.
They produce the most successful students.
True for education.
And true for careers, and home business.
If someone had looked at me in 1999 and made a judgment about how successful I could be based on how I look…and I believed it, I wouldn’t be here.
You’re an adult. You’re responsible for your own success, no matter how you get judged from your outside.
But if you learn to stop expecting the “flavor” of people based on the outside stuff, you will become someone’s hero.
You’ll help them find hope, and confidence.
You’ll see things in them they forgot were there.
Some of them will get successful.
And in the home business world, their success is also your success.
Take a second look. Find out what’s going on inside.
Have you ever been judged for something that was going on outside…when it was totally wrong?
How you ever looked deeper inside someone than the obvious? What happened when you did?
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