William Shakespeare once wrote: “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” I don’t see who can possibly obtain the right to decide whether someone else is great or not, without even bothering to get to know them. Greatness comes from within and is decided by the individual. It comes with self-confidence, the ability to be responsible, and the will to chase after your dreams. So how can you possibly know me from of a false first impression? Unless you’re clairvoyant, I don’t see how you can detect a sense of greatness from anybody by simply judging according to some sort of psychic inkling or weak feeling in your gut.
First impressions are not always correct. It’s impossible to tell if you might have caught someone on an “off” day. Who knows? You may like the person the second time. It’s frustrating to know that you’re not being given the benefit of the doubt when someone meets you for the first time, especially on a professional basis. I know that I don’t appreciate being judged by anyone who hardly took the opportunity to get to know me. A recent acquaintance of mine, for example, they claimed the very first time we met, that because of the program I was in, I didn’t read nor hardly knew how to write. They also claimed that they were able to judge people very quickly and knew whether they’d make it far in life or not. This person had a natural gift for it, I suppose…
News flash, jackass, not all of us enjoy your company so forgive me for showing little interest in the egotistical bullshit that comes out of your mouth. Shall I kneel down to your feet and pretend I agree with everything you drone about?
Personally, I would make much more of an effort in engaging in conversation if I were actually being treated with respect. Nobody has the right to influence your destiny and absolutely everyone has the ability to succeed, to persevere, and to reach his or her personal limits. The best way to do this is not to just ignore those who attempt to put you down or try to steal your thunder, but to prove them completely and utterly wrong. To use their condescension to your advantage, to push you until you begin to appreciate where you are and what you’ve achieved, to strive, because you know that greatness is decided only by you.