Definition of Respect: “A feeling of deep admiration for someone elicited by their qualities, abilities or achievements.”
Many people tend to base their decision of whether they like somebody based on their materialistic possessions. Think about it for a moment. How many times have you judged whether you like a person or not based on the way they are dressed?
Let’s say for example that you were at a social event meeting new people and you were introduced to two new associates. One of them was dressed to perfection in designer clothes, the perfect haircut, and obviously expensive perfume/cologne. The other associate was dressed in basic professional attire and a generally good haircut/hairstyle. Chances are you chose to continue a conversation with the well-dressed person. But, you probably didn’t realize the plain dressed associate was actually highly educated and an award-winning philanthropist that would soon be your boss.
With this said, you would think everyone who wants to be liked by the masses would just dress nice. But, something happens after the true personality gets revealed. The best-dressed person isn’t always the nicest, or most interesting. Chances are you might lack respect for them due to their rude behavior.
As a person, I choose to be respected. This means I want people to value me as who I am in my heart. Nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. But, it’s the way you rise above the mistakes that matters the most. If you work hard and rise above people will take notice and respect you for your efforts.
Respect is earned. Everyone deserves to be respected. But, it also takes time. Think of when you start a new job. You are well liked due to the information you provided the company regarding your education and work experience. You are already valued because you will bring fresh input and ideas to the company.
But, respect is earned after you prove yourself for a period of time. Generally, this time frame is the first three months of employment. You earn respect after you prove yourself by completing assignments and bringing valued input to the company.
I choose to be respected for who I am rather than liked for my material possessions. Being liked is one thing and respect is another. I encourage everyone, no matter your place in society to share your true self with others and show your heart. This action will bring you an abundance of respect that you will cherish forever.