Respect, But Do No Fear

I come from a culture where elders are to be respected and I have noticed this is being abused by elders to the point where younger generations are afraid to take responsibilities, such as replacing an elder within an organization or standing firm on their decision when an elder tries to “bully” them in the name of respect.

As Albert Camus said, “Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”

Learning how to be the captain of your own boat will not only teach others to do the same, but also raise self-esteem and confidence which are some of the qualities needed to build a happy and fulfilling life. You deserve to stand in your power and not have your light dimmed.

Respect yourself if you want to be respected. The way you show up is important to gain respect from others.

Walk your talk. Do what you say you will do. Be a leader at work or at home.

Do not be afraid to speak up, take responsibilities and be accountable.

You are here for a reason and you have a special purpose in your work. You have great things to contribute to the world. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn from everyone around you. Be respectful of others’ opinions and find your place in the world.

Teach what you are best at doing and find opportunity to grow.

Have an open mind and listen with curiosity what a child or an elder has to say.