Be Kind, Be Cool, Be Courageous
Do people see you as you see yourself? If so, is that a positive reflection? Are you kind to those you deal with throughout your day? The point of these questions is that kindness is a choice. If you practice it, your path likely will be smoother and people will see you in a good light.
They may think you are cool or courageous, or simply nice. Any, or all, of these attributes support a good reputation. I think kindness is cool and it can be courageous. The situation dictates how something like kindness is interpreted by others. I sure would rather be thought of as kind than unkind.
Some people view kindness as a weakness and would rather be thought of as tough or hard. There is a difference between being kind and being a pushover. Kindness is a strength. It doesn’t mean letting people take advantage of you. It helps if you are good at sniffing out those who aren’t honest or have bad intentions.
Try being kind and see what happens. People will look at and think of you much differently. If you don’t treat people well or are okay rolling over others on your path to success, others will view you very differently. At the end of the day, you get to decide how you deal with people.
Don’t you want to do your best to leave a positive legacy? Of course, others write legacies, but you are the one who provides the underlying substance of who you are for that legacy. Choose kindness.
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About the Author: Neal Bookspan is a partner at the Phoenix, Arizona law firm of Jaburg Wilk. He assists clients with business issues, commercial litigation, workouts, and bankruptcy litigation. Neal can be reached at 602.248.1000.