The need to build and maintain healthy relationship with people is indispensable in the quest of success. In his opinion, Theodore Roosevelt believes, “The most important single ingredient in the formula for success is knowing how to get along with people”. Mahatma Gandhi on his part said, “I supposed leadership at one time meant muscle; but today it means getting along with people.
Do you wish to get along with your spouse, parent, in-laws, colleague, all and sundry, the key principle is to RESPECT. Respect in this context does not necessarily mean to prostrate or knell down but it means to treat people with dignity.
Half of the issues you have with people will vanish if only you can imbibe the culture of respect.
I read a story of a woman who moved to a small town. After being there for a short time, she complained to her neighbour about the poor service she received at the local drugstore. She was hoping that her neighbour would tell the store’ owner about her criticism.
The next time this woman went to the drugstore to get things, the druggist greeted her with a big smile, told her how happy he was to see her again, and said he hoped she like their town. He took attended to her order quickly with dignity and respect.
Merely treating people with respect will resolve issues that criticism, complaining and condemnation can never solve.
Later the woman report the incredible change to her neighbour, “I suppose you told him how poor I thought the service was? She declared. “Well no,” the neighbour replied, “In fact—I hope you don’t mind—I told her you were amazed at the way he built up this small town drugstore, and that you thought it was one of the best-run drugstore you have ever seen. Source: bits and piece
The neighbour understood that people respond to respect than they do to criticism. As a matter of fact, most people will do anything for you if you treat them respectfully.
Do you want people to go out of their ways to help you? Respect them. I am yet to see anyone who hates to be respected.
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