Reflections – Labels

William Shakespeare asked: “What’s in a name?”

Well, for the locals of Brighton, the name of the structure jutting out into the sea remains the Palace Pier, regardless of the label Brighton Pier formally applied to it nowadays.

Labels can be useful as an aid to defining objects. That is surely true if, or indeed when, we need to quickly categorize or place items into groups. And no doubt you can think of day-to-day examples, ranging from the workplace to the home.

However, if labels are used to substitute personal thought then their influence on our beliefs concerning people may be harmful. People are, after all, more than mere labels can ever explain.

Looking at the person behind a label could require exertion on our part, but the discovery of a fellow human would undoubtedly make the effort worthwhile.

If you’d like to join the conversation and share your input on the issue of labels, please leave a comment below. In any case, thanks for reading this today.

Kindest regards.



4 Responses to Reflections – Labels

  1. Brian, I agree with your point about the danger of labels. Each human is so complex with life experience so vast, it seems impossible to sum up any given person with a single word label. Yet we do – everyday. When we limit people to a single label we limit not only their opportunities – but we also limit our own capacity to partner and collaborate for mutual gain. By looking beyond the label, we can see new possibilities for working together to achieve more.
    -Carl Eidson
    Tweeting on leadership, sales, and service; follow me on Twitter @Carl_Eidson

  2. bgdtcoaching says:

    Hi Carl,

    I really appreciate your input here. That’s a good point you made about looking beyond the label to see new possibilities for working together to achieve more. Thanks for sharing Carl.

    Regards, Brian 🙂

  3. Carol Brown says:

    Toomany times I have been labeled because of how or what I do.I myself never label a person,I was not brought up that way.I always like to get to know a person without prejudging them.If we worked together we could have a better society without labels.

    • bgdtcoaching says:

      Hi Carol,

      Many thanks for connecting here and sharing your input, I love your idea of a society without labels.

      Kindest wishes to you.


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