Life Lesson #3: Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated

All the prominent religions teach the “golden rule” of treating others the way you want to be treated.

Most of us have grown up with religion. It should therefore be second nature for us to treat others the way we want to be treated. However, in my case, the true meaning of the golden rule only struck me much later in life. I suspect the reason is that I was, like most people, inherently selfish. My own interests came first. This led to much unhappiness in many of my personal and professional relationships.

After a lot of soul searching and self-reflection I came to realise that if I want 100% in a relationship, I need to give 100%! I am ashamed to say I always expected 100%, but I seldom gave 100%. That is a recipe for disaster.

I also discovered how kindness works. If you want kindness, you must give kindness. The amazing thing about showing kindness is you are almost always rewarded with kindness in return... “Kindness begets kindness”.

Most issues between staff and clients or management and staff go back to the golden rule not being followed.

We often don’t treat our clients or our staff the way we would wanted to be treated. My advice is that you put yourself in the shoes of the other person and ask yourself how you would have liked to be treated. It is as simple as that. If you pause and reflect you will realise it actually is not rocket science. The upside is that all your relationships will improve. You will be a better partner, husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, manager, leader, mother, father, and friend.

Have a wonderful day. Apply the golden rule today.

Stay blessed,
René Otto, CEO: MiWay Insurance Ltd

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