Last week I tweeted:
It was amazing how many people identified with it and either RT'd it or messaged back. What is most amazing is that it’s not anything new.
I find that especially being young; this is a hurdler that is a clear pass/fail test. You want to compensate for lack of experience or knowledge so you commit the cardinal foul of over-promising and under-delivering. Respect is not gained or lost by ones capacity to take on insane amounts of workload and show up at the finish line barely breathing, but rather to set goals (often ambitious ones) and simply, deliver.
Think about it like this: You order a pizza, and are told that the pizza will arrive in 30 minutes. After an hour of waiting, the deliveryman shows up with the pizza. As anyone would be, you are frustrated. He explains that the pizza is worth the wait and even tells you that he was a little late because he was personally ensuring that your peporoni was placed in exactly the right place.
Now this is obviously not the same as getting a marketing plan to a customer or making sure that your budgets are submitted on time.
Respect comes when Mr. Pizza man shows up 29 minutes after your order was placed EVERY TIME
People don't remember that you gave them 20% that one time you were late...but they do remember that you are a dependable source of whatever you sell or claim to be.
You want people to #respect you: Do what you say you are going to do.