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You Can’t Demand Respect

by Don Smith

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You must DEMAND respect for yourself!  We've all heard this, right?  You know what that statement brings to my mind?  Some cowering child sitting in the corner yelling you WILL respect me!


Respect is earned and freely given, not demanded.  Mother Teresa never demanded respect, yet when she walked into a room, hunched over with her head bowed toward the ground, she absolutely commanded it from every person in the room.  Why is that?  It's simple, her consistent attitude and actions towards others built a reputation that earned that respect.

If you want respect, you must show respect to others and do the things that are worthy of respect.  Think for a moment on the traits of those who you respect.  Why is it that some people command respect when they step into a room?  You already know the answers when you think about it!  Write those down!  Yes it is true that people who are respected do not allow themselves to be pushed around by others, but that is not quite the same as demanding respect.  If you want respect, don't demand it.  Do the things that people you respect do for the right reasons, and you will have it!

Comment below with some of the traits of people you respect!

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About the Author 

Don Smith

The Personal Growth Channel founder, Don Smith also owns a technology company, has served on the board of directors for multiple companies, and enjoys seeing people achieve their goals. Happily married with five children, he lives in Springfield, Illinois.

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