Nice guys finish last, right? It’s what we see in the movies and what society tells us. You have to be ruthless and selfish to get what you want in this world.
That can be true in the short term.
You can push in line to be first. You can sell something to someone they don’t really need to get your commission. You can lie about someone to get that promotion.
It can work…for a while.
But as my dad says, “time wounds all heels.” Mean people don’t finish first most of the time. They end up burning bridges, getting a horrible reputation and living a miserable existence.
Sounds fun, huh?
Being nice wins out in the long run.
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
― Mark Twain
Who would you rather do business with, hire, work with, or sell to? Someone you like or someone you dislike?
Wait a second, Greg, is this a trick question?
If we want to do business with, and be around, nice people, doesn’t it make sense for us to be as nice as possible in everything we do?
Nice guys finish first!
My last vacation was to NYC – the land of rude people. (Or so I’d been told.) Guess what my family found? Nice people.
Perhaps it was because we sent out kindness that we received kindness in return. I think it also had to do with the fact that we were looking for nice people.
We had nice people coming up to us explaining how to use the subway, helping us with directions and telling us about the best discounts.
We did meet a few rude employees at some of the businesses we went to and a few disgruntled people on the street, but we simply moved on until we found the next nice one. (Notice how the rude people lost our business and the nice people got it.)
And things just kept working out for us during the entire trip. My favorite was when we got the cheapest tickets available to a Broadway show simply because we were kind to the ticket agent at the box office. (I know it was a great price because of all the research we had done on it.)
Being nice “just because” will make you stand out with everyone you come in contact with. It will make people rave about you to their friends. It will get you more – and better – business. It will make you feel great. It will come back to you ten fold.
It’s the right thing to do.
And it doesn’t cost you a penny to do it.
Nice guys finish first.
Who can you be nice to today?