A few years ago, I took a UCLA Extension writing workshop. As an icebreaker, the teacher asked everyone to share a crime they would commit if they could get away with it.
A couple people announced that they would rob banks. Someone said, "murder." But then one guy said, "rape."
Everyone shifted in their seats. The teacher cleared his throat and mumbled something like, "okay," and then moved onto the next person.
For the rest of the semester, that guy was known as "The Rapist."
He was a good writer and seemed like an okay guy. But that initial faux pas stuck with him like a disease.
Have you ever known someone to make such a bad first impression that they never recovered?
4 years ago