There are two unfair realities that every communicator must come to grips with:
First, there will be people who listen to what you say for reasons that have nothing to do with your character. Whether you encourage people to do this or not, it is inevitable that someone will consider you a part of their tribe merely because of your gender, your race, your age, your job title, the city you’re from or some other attribute that has very little to with your integrity or intelligence.
The second unfair reality is the exact opposite. One of the harsh realities of life is that some people will refuse to take you seriously because of your gender, your race, your age, your job title, the city you’re from or some other attribute that has very little to with your integrity or intelligence.
When you encounter the first unfair reality, use your unearned position of influence as a platform to promote truth, freedom, and character. Rather than exploit people’s biases, encourage them to broaden their horizons beyond blind faith in the people they admire. Inspire them to become critical thinkers who are open to learning from anyone.
When you encounter the second unfair reality, refuse to let it distract you from your duties towards the first.
Whether you’re unfairly understood or unfairly misunderstood, be fair to your capacity to use both experiences as an opportunity for good