Power Play: Respect yourself

In a desperate bid to get stuff done, we all trade in our self-respect from time to time. It’s easy to do and hard to claw back. So think long and hard about the price you pay for keeping somebody else happy.

You can survive humiliation. You can survive failure. You can survive ridicule. But it’s much harder to survive the obliteration of your self-respect. Nothing is worth it if it makes you feel cheap and easy.

Power Players are prepared to live with mistakes, even monumental screw-ups, because they come from a place of making a call and having it not work out.

Loss of self-respect comes from knowing what you should do and choosing not to do it.

It’s hard to look at yourself in the mirror when you don’t like what you see. Learn to grow a healthy measure of self-respect: it will save your keester more times than you can count.

And any decent Power Player will tell you the same thing.


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