If You Want To Be Respected, 7 Things To Do

Money may or may not buy happiness but it can definitely not buy RESPECT. Not even your beauty, education, skills, or position are the ways to make people respect you. As they may force someone to like you, not respect you.

How To Make People Respect You?

Though one can earn it yet there are no tips and tricks or any course to teach you, how. Respect comes naturally and mostly reflects in your behavior with others. But, it does not implicate that one should be a people pleaser.

This way nobody can become a person that others will remember forever for their good deeds. They will only see you as an advantageous and not illustrious person. Because these kinds of individuals are not liked, nobody thinks about them and sees them as respectful.

Below mentioned are the few things one must do consistently instead.

1. Stop apologizing.

People who constantly say, “I’m sorry,” without giving it a second thought are usually not the ones that are well respected. There is a time and place for apologies. Sometimes you make mistakes that affect family and friends. You can apologize to them. Meanwhile, stop using the word “sorry” too many times for every little thing that goes wrong, especially in the workplace.

2. Stop being too nice.

Distinguish kindness from always having to do things for people. Trying to make everyone happy won’t get you very far. Being a pushover is highly undesirable if your goal is to be respected. If you’re too nice to everyone all the time, some people might even think you’re not genuine.

3. Keep your promises.

This is by far one of the most important actions you can take to start gaining respect. If you took commitments lightly in the past, don’t do that anymore. Always honor commitments and promises. If you find yourself having a lot of trouble with that, it means you’ve made too many promises you can’t keep.

4. Add real value.

Whether you’re part of a community, a company, a group of friends, or a team, you will be respected if you always think of ways to offer value to others. Value can come in many forms, but in the end, it’s all about offering something to the world or to your community that can help by solving a problem for them. If you create something of value, people will respect you.

5. Practice humility.

You’re not always going to be right, and you’re not the best at everything. Every person you meet can teach you something. Confidence doesn’t come from a place where you think you’re the best. True confidence comes from understanding humility, and that every person has something unique to offer to the world, including you.

6. Don’t waste other people’s time.

If you respect others’ time, they will respect yours. This includes not being late for appointments, not spending meetings talking about useless items, getting to the point fast, bringing up issues right away, being succinct, and, of course, making it easier for others to make decisions, especially when they are busier than you.

7. Stop gossiping immediately.

Always act as if the person you’re talking about is right there with you. You need to respect others, even if you don’t like them. Everyone has desirable and undesirable traits. Understand this and speak from this fundamental belief. If you talk behind people’s backs, you and your reputation will quickly become irrelevant.


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Alamu Tosin

The writer is Alamu Tosin. I have three strong passions in life — football, blogging and movies — in that order. I love spending time with friends talking about the important things in life and hate nothing more than ‘authority’ and hypocrisy. My personal believe in life is that once an individual sets his/her mind to achieve something, it is totally possible. And oh!, I am a strong Lannister, because I always pay my debt. For writing or fixing gigs, contact [email protected].
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