Binding Judgement -Problematic People and Stereotype

Does it ever make sense to judge a book by its cover — literally or metaphorically? Tell us about a time you did, and whether that was a good decision or not.

Literally, I do choose book by it’s cover, I would scan the books on the store and look for the one with interesting cover design. Then I would read the synopsis behind the book. I do find similarities of my method in finding friends, I would scan for the one with less negativity (think of complaining all the time, always late, really lazy, etc.) I also find people with bad marks tend to be problematic as well, people with good marks are trying to do their best in tasks while lazy people repeatedly get bad mark (maybe it’s only my observation though).

Despite the bias there might be in my method, it served me well in the past and I believe the same for the future. Stereotype happens for a reason. In a normality curve, most people (67%) fall within one standard deviation and 93% fall within two standard deviation, so most people we encounter are normal with few people in the extreme side.

Avoiding problematic people lessen my problem as well, as I found problematic people tend to drag people around them down as well.


About Kevin

Kevin is an Emerging Markets Research Analyst at a global macro investment firm based in Montreal, Canada. Originally trained to be a medical doctor, he found his passion in capital markets after being involved in managing portion of his family’s equity portfolio. Kevin holds Masters degree in both finance and management, has passed all levels of CFA exam, and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Professional Financial Modeller (PFM). He read voraciously and has a hobby of tinkering (read: programming) his systematic equity and volatility trading model for the “Quantimental” investment firm he founded. In his spare time, Kevin likes to travel the world and become a freelance photographer for Getty Images. To date, he has a portfolio of over 1200 pictures across 35 countries.
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