How important do you think thinks like manners, charm, politeness and generally being a gentlemen (or lady equivalent) is?
I checked out of a hotel this morning
Because #entrepredouche – it was a rather pleasant one
You find the staff in such places are usually extremely well trained and almost overly helpful
Saw an extended family leaving with a lot of luggage and DEMANDING they be seen to first ahead of the rest of us politely waiting for a taxi
They were so fucking rude
Turning their backs to staff mid conversation…
Aka no manners
(The hailed from a country that is traditionally not known for manners/politeness culturally – it’s how things are it seems)
It’s one of the true bug bears I have and I simply can’t ignore bad treatment of others – especially when there’s a sense of entitlement
When I’m in another country?
I spend time looking up what’s acceptable; what laws to obey, any religious considerations, any words of gestures that are ‘no no’s as well as trying to memorise a few phrases in the local language
– I believe making an effort is paramount –
So I asked them, politely, to please speak to hotel staff nicely or I would happily delay their ‘important’ journey – as well as my own – to prove a point
They subsequently apologised to the staff
And I went on my merry way
I see it a lot online
People speak to and about people that they would NEVER do in real life
(Mainly because it would probably get you slapped…)
There’s a sense of entitlement and arrogance that quite frankly I wasn’t raised to be like
But underpinning it all?
Be fucking polite
I believe in treating people how they treat me; and I try be nice to everyone
I have bad days time to time…
Peoples messages sometimes lack nuance or the right emoji to offset or lean the message the right way
But I swear it’s something on the up and something I don’t want to be a part of
I’m sure i could of got more followers, more £££, more influence being a ruthless rude bastard
– I simply can’t be arsed –
Sure people talk a generous amount of shit behind my back
But day to day?
I just potter along doing my own thing
For 2020 if you are looking to be/achieve/do more?
I’d keep this as a focus on your business; treat people how you want to be treated
It gets you surprisingly far