It’s hard to understand someone’s biases, prejudices, and internal narrative without first walking in their shoes.
Of course, you can’t truly walk in someone else’s shoes. Every journey is different. Internal narratives are internal for a reason.
Following in someone’s footsteps, however, could help bring some clarity. But, then again, if your walking in the wrong direction it doesn’t help us get to the places we want to go.
Telling people to “do this” or “don’t do that” doesn’t build much trust. Teaching people a lesson that they will never forget doesn’t inspire people to change either.
The answer then is to walk in your own shoes. March to a beat of your drum. Live a life that others might emulate.