A short but I feel very important blog on respect. Traveling to get a bit of sun …
“ Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, 'Make me feel important.'” Mary Kay Ash (1918–2001)Who someone is or what they do for a living is not a consideration when it comes to respect. We see often that communication to another is "class" driven and this is dead wrong. I see it in the workplace, in my business and just observing interactions with others in a building or on the street. I hear about people being disrespectful when interviewing for a job (yup – you can’t make this up) from my friends in human resources and hear the stories in my office.
We seem to have lost the value of respect for others. It may be the result of the hectic lifestyles everyone seems to lead. Whatever – respect of others is falling. It is not saying thank you – or simply completing a phone call with good-bye or not acknowledging a person who holds a door for you or helps in some very small way. It’s being curt with those who serve you, or not being appreciative of the job someone does, not matter how menial in your own mind.
If we all treated everyone - from the CEO to the person working in the ditch or serving you in some way - as the most important person in the world when you connect with them with words, a smile or whatever - what a better world we would be in. Respect will once again blossom having been often lost given technology and culture. People will feel valued, and when valued, they feel successful. I know you will see more smiles too.
Start today - go out of your way to say thank you to another and acknowledge every person you encounter in some way.
And as I have said over and over, never, never be disrespected – in work, life or any situation.
A smile and thank you will melt the toughest of hearts ...
And thank you for reading. Catch you next week. - Dan
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