Go Ahead, Ride Your Bike Blind. That’s a sentence I never thought I would write. That is until I listened to NPR’s Invisibilia podcast where the co-hosts Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel “examine the surprising effect our expectations can have on the people around us. Plus, the story of a blind man who says expectations have helped him see. Yes, see.”
The science is now clear that expectations play a huge role in our outcomes as students, workers, leaders and even friends. It’s actually pretty simple; treat people like they can achieve the impossible and you will increase your chances and theirs of success.
If you haven’t yet listened to NPR’s new Invisibilia, which launched this past January, definitely check it out. They share lots of fascinating stories about every day behaviors and actions and how they affect our lives. The hosts are great storytellers and they make psychology and brain science understandable, interesting and applicable to our lives.
In this case not only does a blind man believe he can see, he proves it by showing them how he rides his bicycle down busy streets all by himself. If he can do that and help other vision-impaired individuals live lives that are more independent imagine what the rest of us who have our sight can achieve with the right expectations!
As always I look forward to exchanging ideas. Leave your comments and let's start a conversation and see what we can achieve together.