You want to earn the respect of your peers? Become more of a leader in your work-place? Influence those around you to help better themselves?
Choose kindness. Don't be a hard charger, pushing through everyone to make a statement. Choose Kindness. You don't need to be the loudest voice in the room, in fact that will in the long-term have a negative affect. Choose Kindness. Don't assume your agenda or perspective is one that everyone else should adopt. Choose kindness. Some of the people I respect the most and have fallen in line for are the ones that are convicted and passionate towards their cause but also kind.
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