Respect Is Earned, Not Given

Treat people the same way you want to be treated.

Respect is for those who deserve it, not those who demand it.

Respect doesn't automatically come with your position. Feel free to just demand it, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll receive it. If you mistreat others, you will be mistreated, regardless of your age, position, job, title, or wealth. Unless you are respectful, trustworthy, and a decent human being, you won't be getting anyone's respect or appreciation.

Respect others, and you will be respected.

It all begins with the way you treat others. Even though you are in a dominant position, if you are disrespectful to other people, nobody is going to appreciate you. You can have all the money in the world, but you won't be able to buy respect. Very much like trust, respect is a two-way street. If you're not willing to give it, you definitely don't deserve it.

Respect is hard to earn and so easy to lose.

You can earn someone's respect in years, and lose it in just seconds. And once you've lost it, it's even harder to earn it back. Therefore, if you want to be a respected person, make sure you treat others well, first. Make sure you respect other people's opinions, rights, beliefs, values, and culture, regardless of their social position. Make sure you speak nicely to everyone, rich or poor. Make sure you are always kind, trustworthy, and honest. Because just one disrespectful act will take away all the respect you've earned.

Earning the respect of others.

It is important to be respectful of one another, because it's the only way we can all cohabitate peacefully on this planet, without fear of judgment, discrimination, or humiliation. If you want to be respected, be respectful of others yourself.

Consider and accept the differences between people. We have different religions, sexual orientations, beliefs, and values. As long as you expect others to tolerate yours, you should also respect people that see things differently than you.

Respect social norms. Be polite, let others speak, respect boundaries, don't insult others, be punctual, don't be aggressive, and respect other people's rights.

Be kind to everyone, regardless of their social status or wealth. Be generous and help lift others up, instead of putting them down. Speak nicely to everyone. Don't gossip.

Be reliable. If you make a promise, keep it. Don't lie, don't cheat, don't deceive others. Always be honest and stick to your values. Let your words always show in your actions. Be fair.

Express your appreciation to others, as well as your gratitude. Admit when you're wrong and apologize for your mistakes. Don't judge. Listen to different perspectives and accept opposing opinions.

Treat everyone the same way you want them to treat you. Take responsibility for your actions, instead of blaming others. Mind your manners and be mindful of other people's feelings.

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