A marketing professor at Boston University, Reni Fridel, noticed a unique trend at his office.
Fridel observed, with recycling and trash containers side by side, that when a colleague discarded paper, whole sheets would be placed in the recycling container.
If it was torn, shredded or crinkled it would be placed in the trash container.
Same result with soda cans.
No dents, in the recycling container.
Dented or even changed slightly in shape, in the trash.
He conducted an experiment by observing and then collecting what others either recycled or trashed and why.
Fridel noted, “Useful things go in recycling, and useless things go in the trash.”
That made me think.
We treat people the same way.
If a person’s life seems pristine, intact, with no damage nor blemishes we consider them valuable and useful.
If a person’s life is messy, dented, damaged, mangled or crushed we consider them of no value and for them we have no further use.
We do that.
The beautiful people and their beautiful lives, they should be the ones to be hired and succeed.
We simply can not use ugly people and ugly lives. It’s a known fact. (Heavy sarcasm there.)
Even when one goes through a troubled time in the their life, if they are empty but intact, like the soda can?
Yep, definitely worth recycling.
If someone’s life has been crushed, torn into pieces and almost unrecognizable?
Nope, sorry, in the trash.
Look for the dented, mangled and shredded people that you come in contact with.
Are you recycling people or trashing people?
Do you hire based on appearance?
Do you choose your friends based on social status?
Consider people for who they are, not necessarily what they look like and what you can get from them.