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Developing Maturity Post 3: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

This series on Developing Maturity focuses on finding ways to develop and grow. Maturity is not just a way to set yourself apart in your career; being mature enhances virtually every aspect of your life. This series is inspired by eqi.org

For the introduction to this series, click here.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: There are several versions of this old adage: “Do not judge another until you have walked a mile in his (or her) shoes.” Although most versions are concerned with not judging another person, let the phrase guide you in discerning someone else’s perspective. We live in a diverse world with people who are part of different religions, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. Their guiding principles may be completely different from your own socially conditioned comfort zone.

The Emotional Intelligence of this exercise will give you the Emotional Maturity to take what you know and use it to shape how you react with others. Understanding their pain or point of view will give you the sensitivity to connect; not to mention the tact and grace to avoid social gaffes.

  • Try to experience something similar to those who you don’t understand. Some high school psychology classes require a student to go through a day as one who is aged or handicapped. You can find other ways to experience similar situations to better understand someone who has a very different life.
  • How do they see you? The other person has likely given you a hint about how they perceive you. Kind or not, their feedback is essential to gaining a better understanding of their mindset. Feedback isn’t always verbal; look for non-verbal cues.

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Click here for the fourth post in the series: Validate Other People.