Wednesday, 13 May 2015

“Good People are Rare to Get in this World! – If You Find them, Keep them Close to Your Heart”– Professor M.S.Rao

“A great leader needs to love and respect people, and he needs to be comfortable with himself and with the world. He also needs to be able to forgive himself and others. In other words, a leader needs grace.” — Leo Hindery Jr.

I have come across many people in my life who take their kith and kin for granted. They also take good people around them for granted. At times they exploit good people with their selfish motives. I wanted to share a few thoughts on this topic today.

Presently it is rare to find good people globally as many people are selfish. They often think of adding value to them, not to others. If you find people who think of adding value to others, respect them and encourage them to build a better world. Life is very short and nobody takes away the wealth at the time of death. Leave a good legacy. Make a difference. When you depart this world, you either leave with good reputation or bad reputation. Why don’t you leave with good reputation worth emulated by others? Why don’t you live with values? Why don’t you leave a good leadership legacy? Remember, there is always victory for values, not for people who cut corners and look for short-term gains.

I have come across a professional who worked in the publishing industry. I signed an agreement with the prestigious publishing company to publish my book in India in 2011. The person who worked in the company left the organization. Another person took over who stood by commitment and published the book in 2012. He said, “Institutions are more important than individuals. Individuals come and go but the institutions survive. We must keep the objectives of institutions as paramount irrespective of the disagreement we have with our colleagues.” On the other hand, I had a bitter experience with an eminent publisher in India with whom I signed my book proposal in 2010. The people who worked and were responsible for clearing my book proposal left the organization.  A new team arrived and created their clauses and cancelled my agreement. I felt very bad about the organization for letting me down.

I am still in touch with the publisher who cleared my book proposal because of his commitment and value system. I have forgotten many people who have cheated me. But I still remember that person for his commitment and ethical values. To conclude, if you get good people in your life, keep them close to your heart. Don’t take them for granted. Good people are rare to find in this world! Don’t undermine them just because they are close to you. Don’t take them for granted just because they are easily available in front of you. Remember, you never know the value of what you have till you lose it.

“Good manners are essential. No matter what the message, the situation, we listen and respond with respect and, always good manners.” —Frances Hesselbein

“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.” —Maya Angelou

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