Consider This

Robert Stevenson’s Thoughts on the Pursuit of Excellence

It Can Only Be Earned

December 16, 2018

by Robert Stevenson

The definition of RESPECT is: a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. The RESPECT I want to address today is RESPECT gained by your qualities, your character, your integrity, and your actions in your daily life. This type of RESPECT cannot be bought. It cannot be demanded. Fear will never earn it. It can only be given. And, most importantly, you must give it to get it.

Respect is an earned title…not a given one.
Those who revere STATUS more than RESPECT will NEVER get it.

If you are wondering if you deserve respect, then you should be able to answer “YES” to each of the following questions:

I had a young person come up to me recently after one of my programs and explain they were having trouble getting noticed at their company. They asked me if I had any advice that would help. I told them the key to getting noticed had to do with the last word they said to me: “HELP.”

If you want to stand out – help others.
If you want more friends – help others.
If you want to be remembered – help others.
If you want people to trust you – help others.
If you want to advance your career – help others.
If you want that leadership position – help others.
If you want to be considered for a promotion – help others.
If you want to gain the respect of your peers/boss – help others.

Helping others can never hurt you. And by doing so, you will gain the RESPECT from everyone around you. So, “helping others” and “gaining respect” have a great deal in common. The key point of RESPECT is you must first GIVE IT to GET IT. The great Albert Einstein once said: “ I speak to everyone the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the President of the University.” Money may gain you power, but only character will gain you respect.

One great way to show RESPECT is to listen to what others are saying. Listen to understand, not to reply. The simple act of listening shows RESPECT. It shows you care enough to give of your time to hear what they have to say. If gaining the RESPECT of others is important to you, here are a few other things you should consider:

"Your only true security in life
is your ability to perform."

About the Author

Robert Stevenson is an expert at building a high-performance business culture, improving efficiency, and accelerating growth. He is one of the most widely sought-after speakers in the world today, as well as a best-selling author. He has owned five companies, sold internationally in over 20 countries. Robert has spoken to over 2,500 companies throughout the world and his research in the area of corporate and entrepreneurial success is extensive. Over 2 million people have benefitted from his powerful, practical, and thought-provoking programs. He is a true master at blending facts, inspiration, conviction, and humor into all his programs.

Companies like FedEx, Prudential, Lockheed Martin, Anheuser-Busch, Chevron, American Express, and Berkshire Hathaway continue to rely on him for a fresh, unique perspective on businesses’ most crucial issues. To learn more about Robert and what he can do for your team visit his website at

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