Perception

William Liao
1 min readNov 30, 2023

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Just about everything we experience is colored in by the facts of the situation and our perception of those facts — particularly the response we believe they warrant.

Some perceptions shut the door while others pave a path forward.

Say you fail a test according to some metric — fact.

You might consider yourself a total failure as a result — that’s perception, not a particularly helpful one.

Alternatively, you could see the failure as an experience that you can learn and grow from — also perception, a much more helpful one that invites you to consider how to leverage what’s happened for your benefit.

Is there any question about which perspective is going to enable you to thrive when the next test comes?

Part of any adaptive and resilient response is considering the available perceptions in light of the facts, identifying the ones that are going to lift you up, and leaning heavily into them.

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William Liao

Taiwanese American, daily blogger of ideas about impactful work in service of others, photographer (ephemera.photography)