I think most people would I’ve invested my energy, focused my time and worked hard to support my theory that nice guys finish first. Nice guys are more likely to find others doing something right than finding others doing something wrong.
I’ve gotten emails, comments and text messages from people all over the world who have helped support my message and I am amazed at how many others share the same feelings about how being nice has helped shape their lives as well. Their gratitude is genuine and they speak from the heart. Although you may not have the same beliefs as a nice guy, there is no doubt what a nice guy believes in because they are consistent in their approach to life.
I feel, however, that I have not closed the loop in many of my lessons nor shared with you the meaning of nice as defined by the characteristics of a nice guy (or girl).
You will often find nice guys rolling up their sleeves and working shoulder to shoulder with those they are leading.
I’ve found, over the years, that being nice is the road less traveled. Being nice is not a sign of weakness nor does it provide a license for others to walk on you.
It also does not make you an easy mark or a “yes man.” I think people get confused and feel in order to succeed you need to be a tough leader, hard natured or an iron fisted commander. There are many examples of people that have made their way to the top being nice guys.
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Imagine how dozens or hundreds of people would feel if you praised them on a regular basis for a job well done.
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I believe now more than ever that being nice is not just a pleasant approach to life, but rather, being nice is the right way and the only way for people to be. When someone is consistent they build a solid reputation because they become predictable. I’m pretty sure this one is obvious but it goes without saying that in order to be nice, one really needs to be honest, since being a lier is not a good practice when it comes to helping, supporting and doing the right thing.