Perception is so important. It defines you and makes you who you are or what you want to be. One of my favorite quotes is by Gustave Flaubert, who said, “There is no truth. There is only perception.” Things are as they’re perceived.
There was a recent experiment conducted involving 6,000 blind tastings of expensive and cheap wines. It revealed the huge role perception plays in preference.
The experiment showed that average people do not find expensive wine all that exceptional. However, people with “whine training” find much enjoyment in the whine with the highest price tag.
This was a groundbreaking find. It essentially proves that when people perceive things to be better than they are, a funny thing happens: They automatically become better.
Hopefully, you and I can use this information to improve ourselves. Perhaps by working on people’s perception of us, we can actually improve ourselves and help establish what is we’re trying to accomplish.