• Cheryl Therrien

    Great story Susan! I learned a long time ago, just as you did, never to assume anything or judge anything at first blush. Did a little deeper and who knows what you will find… 🙂

    • We are so conditioned to make snap judgments and often find ourselves with an opinions that are incorrect. I am as guilty as anyone for doing that. When I take a little time and really give myself time to think about the situation, I am less inclined to judge so hastily.

      Thanks again for stopping by, 🙂

  • Susan: I am flabbergasted. By your storytelling abilities, your talent as an illustrator, and your ability to suck me in with your tempting (for a writer) blog post leading me to believe we’d be talking about book covers!

    That was an amazing story and your talent as an illustrator is equally so. Thanks for pointing me to your post.

    Off the top of my head (and I am in a hurry) I can’t think of a personal “book by its cover ” story, but it makes me think of Howard Hughes. He was certainly not a book we could judge by its cover!   

    • WOW!!  I am humbled by your comment.  Thank you so much for your praise.  I consider that very high praise coming from a great writer such as yourself. 

      You are so right.  Howard Hughes was a complicated man and one that defied being categorized.

  • Vanita Cyril

    Susan, your artwork is beautiful and i love this story. it also goes to show you that being an upstanding kind of person who’s willing to go out of their way to help people, will pay off! good for you girl!

    • Thank you. Sometimes it appears that the good guys always finish last but every now and then, one of the good guys will hit it out of the park. I also believe we don’t hear about the successes of really nice people because they are less inclined to promote it.

      I so very much appreciate your comments and support. 🙂

  • Jnjm62

    What a story and and yes we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but honestly most of us do……..loved the pictures you added

    • Thanks, We are human. Not judging something before we have all the facts is, at times, very difficult indeed. 

      The drawings are really fun for me to do.  My blog allows me the opportunity to share my work with others.  


  • You had me totally engaged Susan – which I can’t say for all blogs I read. It was a real story that I wanted to read to the end and find out what happened. Great stuff. And I really loved your illustrations. It may be secret info, but if it’s not, what did you do them in?
    And it’s so true that we make assumptions about people when we ether meet them for the first time, or hear them on the phone. I’m trying to be better about it but it’s a good habit to break.
    Thank you.

    • The hope of every writer is to grap and hold a readers attention. I am so glad I was able to do that with and for you.

      There is no secret regarding what program I use. There is a page devoted to that on my site called “Hope To”. The program I use is iDraw for iPad.

  • Marcia

    Very inspiring story. You had the right approach when meeting the clients, kept their needs in mind, not yours, that and your reputation is what made the sale possible. Great post!

    • Thanks for stopping by.

      Sales is not easy, especially when you have great empathy for the potential client/s.

      The experience taught me much. It was/is a great reminder that the what we may see isn’t always what it seems. 🙂

  • Michael Medeiros

    Quite possible the best, “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover,” story I have ever encountered.
    Mine was selling cars. An old Farmer with a noticeable bit of bad body odor walked into a dealership. He didn’t speak well, had dental problems, and didn’t dress impressionably. After looking at trucks for nearly two hours, I thought he was wasting my time and asking to see vehicle he couldn’t afford. I became a little short, but remained humble, answered his questions, and continued to run for keys to various trucks. In the end, he paid for a very nice truck, Cash. In addition, he didn’t have any haggles regarding price which made a very lucrative commission for me. He made a statement that exclaimed he knew, when leaving, “You earned it young fella”.

    • Thank you. I love your story.

      It is important to not jump to any conclusions before we are able to see the full picture. That is such an easy thing to say and not so easy to do.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • I love your illustrations.  Your story is one of stick to it, listen carefully, and do your best.  And now I’m going in search of your post on illustrations… (you are multi-talented!).

    • WOW, thank you. I am so glad you enjoyed the story as well as the illustrations. I very much enjoy the craft of doing both illustrating and writing. Thanks for stopping by. :))

  • LuAnn

    Wow. What a great example of not judging a book by it’s cover. So many times I have
    Thought a client would spend a minimal amount with me
    And yet I was shocked & surprised that they wanted to spend so
    Much more…… I loved your illustrations! So great. I can imagine
    You driving through those back roads…..easy to get lost.

    • Thank you. It was a very interesting experience on so many levels. The music form “Deliverance” did play through my mind at the times while I was driving done the dirt path. 🙂

  • Rose

    Great story to stress the point of making assumptions and judgment calls. Bravo to your open mind!

    • Thanks, we as humans have a hard time not jumping to conclusions, me included. Every now and then we are reminded of the importance of not allowing that to happen. 🙂

  • nikkirules

    Have I ever had an experience that taught ME not to be too quick to judge??? How much time you got?  hahaha! This story was very delightful. Loved reading it, and these Jones are the prime reason the saying was created “Keeping up with the Jones’s” riiiight?

    • To judge is human. To not judge takes practice and paying attention to what is really going on. This was a good lesson for me. :))

  • Ldalton

    GREAT story, Susan.  I wonder how many times sellers have walked away from great opportunities because what they “assumed” was there because of their “judging by the cover”.  I’ll bet there were a lot of people before you who made that mistake with the Jones Family.  WAY TO GO.  Thanks for sharing.

    • It was such a good lesson to have learned early on in my sales career. That lesson still resonates with me today as I struggle to learn how to build a successful blog business. Thanks for stopping by and your comment. It is greatly appreciated. :)))

  • Yep; I’d say in particular anyone is sales would have chances to prejudge people as prospects. I can remember kind of having a sales rooster complex: yep I was quite good and usually number one.

    The bull pen for the sales people looked out over the sales floor and as top rooster, I had a window view.  One day a middle age couple walked into our store. I looked at their mussed hair, their unkempt dress and made a decision to “toss” it to one of the young chickens. 

    I was gifted the year or two previously with a lovely plastic bird cage with a stuffed toy blue bird that sat on a perch in the cage. It also came equipped with a bell and whenever you would pull the bird’s back feathers the bell would ring. All of us in sales would do that whenever what we called a “blue bird sale” came in – a buyer who was just ready to go and all we were was an order taker. 

    After about an hour went by while I had been on the telephone following up with potential buyers, the young sales chicken strutted back in the pen. He reached above my head, pulled on the feathers and we all clamored, “Tell us!”

    “They came in with $5K to buy their first home computer!”

    I know the lessons of being too quick to judge, first hand, sorry to say.

    • Aww… the lessons we learn as we make our daily judgements.

      I love your story and could actually picture it as you were telling it.

      Thanks for stopping by my humble blog, 🙂

  • Great story and a great reminder not to judge a book by its cover. I had a similar reminder recently on a garden tour. The street was average and the house and front yard nondescript. From the front, no one would have guessed what a lush oasis existed in the back.

  • We make so many assumptions about people based on stuff that doesn’t really matter I guess it’s just not possible to meet someone with a complete blank mind and not have some preconceived notion of what they might be like..

  • Hi Susan

    I like this story

    It is dangerous to make assumptions and your story proves this fact. I am always open minded and never come to a conclusion or judge a situation so quickly.

    Thanks for sharing this story. Take Care