There was something that happened to me (Alan) a few times in Ghana and in my travels around the world. It was going into a place or situation with preconceived notions about how something or someone was going to be. What I quickly discovered was that because I had listened to well intentioned but misinformed stories before entering the situation or place, I was mistaken, to put it lightly. Bluntly, I was wrong and looked dumb.
Chimamanda Adichie recently did a TED talk on this subject, although she calls it the Danger of a Single Story. Its well worth the watch if you have 20 minutes to spare.
What are some of your preconceived notions about life? Where have you heard a single story and been mistaken?