“It doesn’t cost anything more to be nice.” – Angelo Dundee.
Spoken of by others as a gentleman in a brutal sport, his quote resonates with me. Geniality, kindness, consideration, appreciation for the feelings, concerns and needs of others all seem to be in short supply these days.
It occurs to me that, if you wish to stand out as a job candidate, an employee, or even a human being, being nice would be a great place to start!
Some time ago my wife and I were purchasing a gift certificate for a friend in a busy mall. Walking up to the kiosk in the midst the bustling shoppers, we told the young lady behind the counter what we wanted to purchase. As my wife reached for folding money, she apologetically said, “I’m sorry. I can’t accept cash.” At this point my eyes settled on a large sign on the counter that clearly stated this fact (as I think back on it now, it makes sense, waving money around in the middle of hundreds of people is probably not a wise action).
“No problem,” I told her, and we switched to a debit card. “Oh, thank you,” she said in a relieved voice, “I’ve had people screaming at me all day, yelling profanities when I told them. I really appreciate your understanding. You’ve made my day!”
“Clearly it was our fault,” I responded. “We just didn’t see your sign.”
“Still, thank you SO MUCH,” she responded. “Have a great day!”
As we completed our transaction and walked away, I was struck by the sad fact that simply treating someone with the consideration and respect due them made us seem EXTRAORDINARY.
Sad, but true. The moral of this true story: If you want to stand out from the crowd, BE NICE!
As Angelo noted, it doesn’t cost anymore!