“Do Unto Others …”
By James R. Fisher, jr.
In my years as a corporate executive and then consultant, I’ve learned this: while technical systems change rapidly, the systems that govern our social behavior have evolved little in 2000 years. And we get we want out of life only by working with and through others.
To maintain that perspective in my life, I wrote down some rules that seem to flow from it. Here they are:
To have a friend, you must be a friend,
starting with yourself.
The greatest hunger a person has is to be needed.
Help create that feeling in others.
The greatest virtue is kindness.
You can’t love everyone, but you can be kind to everyone.
Don’t try to impress others.
Let them have the fun of impressing you.
Nothing of consequence was ever achieved
Positive people attract others, while negative people repel.
You have greater impact on others
by the way you listen than by the way you talk.
Gossip cheapens the one who gossips
more than the one gossiped about.
Call a person by his or her name
and use it often in conversation.
Differences are bound to occur and can be resolved if
conflict is managed in a polite manner.
If you are given to making fun of someone,
be sure it is yourself.
Be genuinely interested in others.
Get them to talk about themselves.
A smile doesn’t cost anything and pays big dividends.
Not only does it make you feel good, but
it makes everyone else feel better too.
Be the first to say, “Hello! Good to see you.”
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
The golden rule is where it all begins and ends.