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Monday Velocity - Earning Respect

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Earning Respect

Respect is a funny thing. It's always earned, never given. It can't be bought, bribed, or otherwise swindled. Those who try and force it never seem to get it. And more often than not, the ones we respect the most are the people who care about their status the least.

Our reputation precedes us in every situation we step into. Your previous actions, and the way people view you, will always announce your arrival. Reputations are built slowly over time, brick by brick. They can also be tarnished in an instant.

Earning respect works much the same way. It comes from small actions repeated over time: being honest and fair, sticking up for those who need it, sharing what you really think, looking people in the eye, leading by example, and leaving places better than you found them.

Earning respect requires that we have a true north, a moral and ethical compass that guides our actions. We must be people of principal, letting our personal code inform our thoughts and decisions. We must stand for something, and be willing to defend that belief. We must be independent thinkers, deviating from the herd when necessary.

Respect is given to those who boldly do what's right regardless of the outcome. They're willing to be judged harshly in the short term because they believe in doing what's best for the long term. When faced between doing what's right and doing what's popular, these individuals stick to their values and willingly embrace public scorn and mockery.

So if you want to be respected, be the type of person who you would respect. Stay true to your values. Define your personal code. Aim to do right by others. Be honest and maintain your integrity.

Respect is earned when you stop seeking it. It comes from being a person with sound morals who is willing to stand alone when necessary. In the end, pursuing our ideal self will earn us respect and admiration if we can stay true to the path.


Hit List

The best things I've encountered this week:

What I'm (re)reading: Zero to One by Peter Thiel

I've been having a lot more conversations with founders and investors in recent weeks, and was reminded of the impact that this book can have. Thiel was the former co-founder and CEO of PayPal and the first outside investor in Facebook. His experience and insight into starting and building great companies is unmatched.

What I'm watching: Fall of the House of Usher on Netflix

The original Haunting of Hill House was one of my favorite shows of the last decade. It was truly gripping horror with a creative story that came together like a beautiful puzzle at the end. This series was created by the same showrunner, Mike Flanagan, and is his best work since (in my opinion). Every episode is based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe and, despite being gruesome, is beautifully well-done.

What I'm also reading: "Byron Wien's 20 Life Lessons"

From the article: "Concentrate on finding a big idea. Treat everyone you meet as a friend. Every year, do something you’ve never done – and more lessons from a lifetime of hard-won wisdom."


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Quote of the Week:

"Trust is built in drops and lost in buckets." - Kevin A. Plank


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