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WHAT IS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION?

I remember the days I used to be nervous about first impressions. It felt like asking the world to judge me based on that first email, first handshake, and first greeting about who I was.

The possibility of screwing that up seemed daunting on events that I thought was critical which only added pressure to how I felt about each encounter and meeting. The thought of me making the wrong impression of something to make a decision I would regret also haunted me.

Do you ever feel that way? I no longer have this fear of first impression because over time I learned the biggest barrier to this was not external variables but my very own self.


I also do not have it because I now know first impressions aren’t everything because we are not always able to notice things about the other person correctly the first time. But getting to that stage is the part that got me thinking more about how many other things do I have the wrong impression about what values are.

You see, just like our thoughts are on ‘first impression being everything’, there is the perception of things we have that are right, wrong, or just weird.

Have you thought for a second why you feel that way, what is causing it, and whether that is right or wrong? Try one now.

Pick one statement that you often say subconsciously and believe it to be true – but really ask yourself, “is your impression of this statement just the first or real truth”?

With love,

Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox

About the Author

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Monica H. Kang

Monica H. Kang, Founder, and CEO of InnovatorsBox® and Author of Rethink Creativity is transforming today’s workforce through the power of creativity. She helps companies rethink culture, leadership, and team development by making creativity practical and relatable regardless of industry or job title. She has worked with clients worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Monica’s work has been recognized by The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Prior to InnovatorsBox®, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.

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