I would share three bits of advice that have guided me and served me well in my life.
1. Always do your best.
When you do your best, you will be proud of yourself. Being proud of yourself increases your self-confidence. I believe that self-confidence is an important key to success, in your career and in your life.
Beware however: doing your best means that you are laying it on the line. When you do your best, you know that you have no one but yourself to blame if things don’t work out like you want.
2. Treat everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve as human beings.
Next, every person you meet is entitled to your respect – just because he or she is a fellow human being. The 1970s song “Every Day People” by Sly and The Family Stone says it well. “I am no better and neither are you. We are the same whatever we do.” As human beings we are united by our shared humanity. This shared humanity is more important than race, gender, religion, sexual preference or any of the other artificial differences that people use to drive us apart, rather than being us together.
I choose to treat all of the people I meet with dignity and respect. I do this for the simple reason that they are fellow human beings and as such, are entitled to it.
There are opportunities to do this every day. Smile at the Starbucks barrista and say please and thank you. Realize that the telemarketer who calls at dinner time is probably somebody really struggling to make ends meet. Treat him or her with respect. Don’t just hang up. Listen for a few seconds and then politely ask that you be removed from the list. Be pleasant with the customer service representative when you are calling to report a problem…. Keep reading on InspireMeToday.com for Bud’s third strategy!
Known as the Common Sense Guy, Bud Bilanich is a motivational speaker, coach and author.