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Need A Little Respect?

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puris_faviconEver stop and wonder why it is that certain people garner more respect than others? Or at least that’s how it seems to look from the outside. What are they doing differently than others?

I was working with a client who was fed up.  He was so frustrated with why his brand was not consistent. Well, rather he was upset with why his personal brand was not consistently generating more business for him.  When I asked him what he wanted his personal brand to “say” about him, he went off on a tangent that ultimately led to his confession. He wanted MORE RESPECT from others.  Very honest of him, and interesting.

Well, who the heck wouldn’t want to be respected?  What respect signals is that we all want to ultimately be wanted and loved by others.   That’s fair and a good goal.  However,  we can’t force people to respect us and thus, love us.  It just doesn’t work that way.  It took my client a long time to “get” this notion.  I mean, we all “get” it, but to really “own” the concept is another thing.

As Lynne Twist says in one of my all-time favorite books, “The Soul of Money”, the concept of sufficiency means that we believe that there is enough for everyone to have “some” and that no one has to go without.  There is plenty of abundance available for us all.  We just need to focus on what we have instead of what we don’t have.  In this way, what we have (and thus want more of) grows.

So what does this have to do with you getting more respect?  Well, you can’t force others to respect you.  You can’t force them to love you.  You can’t get respect by feeling inadequate and entitled to it.  That’s a nasty personal brand. It doesn’t work in business or in personal lives.

The only way to get respect is to first GIVE and expect nothing back in return.  I know that notion may be cliche’ sadly. However, it is the only way your personal brand (and business/career) thrives.

So stop and think about the last time you did something for someone just because it was the kind thing to do.  Where you expected absolutely nothing in return, but got a ton back in return.  The positive stuff you get back (business, clients, referrals, money, love) doesn’t even have to show up from the original recipient of your good deeds.  It just shows up because you had a strong personal brand and you gave.  You just have to accept it and be grateful.

Now go out there and generate a fantastic personal brand by just giving.

 

 

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