If you look back on all of the significant breakthroughs and pivots in your life, chances are that each doorway to insight or opportunity was opened by a person. A connection. Someone in your network. As [this] example shows, those doors start opening at a very young age. Most of us don’t pay attention to this. I think we should.
By simply assuming that someone is ‘that kind of person’ often means that we eliminate the possibility of finding out other, potentially more interesting or valuable, information about them. Worse still, we often extrapolate from the initial tag to make all kinds of assumptions about what they must be like. Assumptions that often turn out to be false.