People Are People


One night, my family was watching the TV series Undercover Boss. In case you're not familiar with it, the show is about various CEOs going undercover at their companies for a chance to see the inner workings of their business, and make any necessary changes, promotions, etc.

At the end of every episode, the "boss" reveals his or her self and gives a big speech to the entire company, wherein he/she generally offers encouragement and words of wisdom. 

In the particular episode my family was watching together years ago, the CEO gave his spiel and closed with what he said was the best advice his father ever gave him. He built it up and left us in such suspense about what this amazing, life-changing, incredible advice was. We couldn't wait to hear what his father had told him that had evidently completely changed the way he ran his company. 

The grand advice? 

People are people.

We died laughing. THAT'S your big advice?! What does that even mean!? It's now a running joke in the family, but not just because it's funny, but because it's actually really great. 

People are just people. They do people things.  

You are just a person. You do things a person does.

You make mistakes, fumble for words, forget things. You run into problems bigger than you can handle and you make poor choices from time to time. 

You're a person, not a robot. You've got a story, a history, feelings, thoughts.

People are people.

We get ourselves in trouble when we expect them (or ourselves) to be something else.