Trust grows through empathy

November 13, 2017 Leave a Comment


In Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout and Jem are influenced by their father Atticus’ message to try to comprehend how other people are feeling. “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” This thought process builds empathy, resulting in compassion for others.

As is frequently true, empathy appears simple on the surface, but in actuality is quite difficult to attain.

 In the late 20th century, many were obsessed with introspection. Choosing to focus on looking inside ourselves in order to embrace what our own needs were. We did that so well, that we we neglected to think about the “others.” As a result, a self-absorbed culture grew, only concerned with ‘what’s in it for me.’
Currently, the pendulum is changing directions, and we must really look and listen to the people in our lives.

Influence develops from trust. Trust grows through empathy. Developing your curiosity and passion about people – even strangers – can be a very beneficial way to overcome the fear and ignorance that currently floods societies. All behavior makes more sense from the perspective of the person executing that behavior.

Today’s action: The next time a person’s actions don’t make sense to you, communicate and question until you understand their perspective.



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Teresa de Grosbois is the #1 International Bestselling author of Mass Influence, 4X best selling author, International Speaker, Founder of the Evolutionary Business Council and Co-Founder of the Global Influence Summit.

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