I had to write this blog. If you follow me or my content, you know Respect and Integrity are big to me. I was reading some post from some other influencers and they clearly don’t respect their people. So, I want to open your mind and get you to think critically about this subject.
Understand I am from the streets. Where the slightest hint of disrespect can get you and everyone around you killed. I learned to respect everyone until they give you a reason not to. The way it translates into the entrepreneur world is, respect the people you work around. If you treat your people with respect, they will help your business go a long way. If you disrespect your people, they will help you fail. Let me give you an example of this.
Example: When I was in the army as a young specialist, I didn’t like my leadership. My NCO (supervisor) wasn’t a bad guy at all. He was kind of cool. The problem was he wasn’t a strong leader, he let others overwork and take advantage of us. He would always take the credit for our hard work. So, one day I got fed up. When we were by ourselves, I let him know. I told him you may oversee this office, but we run shit around here. If anything gets done it’s because of us. If anything doesn’t get done its because of us. Don’t ever forget it. Every now and then he would forget, and we would mess some things up to remind him. Point is, take care of your people and they will take care of you. But if you don’t take care of your people, they will watch you fail and may even contribute to your failure.
The second part is Integrity. On the streets we say, “My Word Is My Bond.” That means if I tell you something then that’s what I mean. You never go back on your word. In the entrepreneur world that’s called integrity. If you say it mean it or don’t say it at all. To many times have I seen people go back on their word. Each time you do that to your people they lose a little respect and trust for you. I am a firm believer in it takes to much energy to come up with a lie. Stand by your word even if you are wrong. Its nothing wrong with admitting you are wrong or apologizing. However, it is something wrong with you lying. Let me give you an example
Example: When I was deployed in Iraq I got into an argument with my XO (Vice President). In that argument I told him when I get there, I’m not doing shit. Now I know I was way out of line, but I was fed up. So, once I get to the patrol base, he calls me to his office. He had written me up and towards the end of him talking I proceeded to leave. Right before I left, he said I’m not done. He asked me did you say when you get here, you’re not doing shit. I looked him right in his eyes and said yes sir that’s exactly what I said. Point is stand by your words good or bad. Practice saying what you mean, and you won’t have to worry about retracting your statements.
Finally, in the words of the streets keep that same energy when I see you. Respect everyone and have integrity. They can take you a long way.
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.