No one respects anyone who isn’t on time for important events (job interviews, business meetings, and other opportunities) because it creates a lack of trust, respect, and dignity. Do you think that Martin Luther King Jr. asked gained any respect of African American by being late to his, “I have a Dream speech”? No! He was always on time which gained the respect of others. Without men like him and others that respect time we wouldn’t anyone to be influenced by. If you want others to respect you start by respecting yourself and other people’s time.
You never actually learn anything until you learn the hard way. That’s when the learning process starts. I remember it like it was yesterday. I had a mandatory basketball meeting to attend at 6:00 p.m. I didn’t do any preparation beforehand to see where the meeting would take place. I showed up at 6:02 p.m. I was verbally berated by the coach as he continued to make an example out of me as to why you don’t show up late. I realized now, he didn’t trust me nor respect me. This was the reason why I decided to not try out for the team that year. However, I learned a valuable lesson. If you don’t know where something is, take the time out of your schedule to find out ahead of time. If you show up early then you will at least be able to find somebody who knows the answers to your questions. After all, it’s better to early than late. If you’re late you miss out on all the valuable information.
I can’t believe that they’re people that still show up late to important events (job interviews, business meetings, and other opportunities late. Then these people have the nerve to complain that they didn’t get the job or that promotion. And just like the ignorance of most people, they will show up late again and just blame somebody else because they lack the discipline for themselves. If you show up late that job interview or promotion you do not deserve to have more income coming into your bank account. Let’s break this down further, You are now an entrepreneur trying to promote a new phone to Android in order to compete with Apple. The phone is a lot faster and has many great features. The meeting starts at 6:00 a.m. at the Android Headquarters and you showed up 10-15 minutes later. Whether they have let you know this or not they are not going to invest any money in your product because of what I mentioned earlier, the lack of trust, respect, and dignity. You cannot earn the respect of any company if you don’t start by respecting yourself first.
Finally, the best advice I can give you is to not disrespect anyone’s time. So many doors will open up for you when you start to value time. However, if you don’t, more and more doors will close. When you show up on time you gain more respect from your friends, family, co-workers, and your boss. However, when you show up late all of the time just go back to bed because you’re still sleeping and not ready to conquer your life.
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