Respect is a good and nice word to hear. How do you feel when somebody tells you this, “I respect you”? It feels good, isn’t it? But wait, before we desire to be respected by others, do we show respect to others?

As they always say, respect should not be imposed but earned. Respect is a professional attribute that is generally applied to all human being. Starting from our home and working place, we show respect to our colleagues and family. We considered respect as the highest form of the attribute to people, and to our faiths.

By the way, how can we show respect to others? This is not an easy question but a challenging one. You know why? It is because before we show respect to others, we must have self-respect. To know what respect means, you should respect yourself.

In yourdictionary.com, self-respect is defined as holding yourself in esteem and believing that you are good and worthy of being treated well. An example of self-respect is when you know you deserve to be treated right and, as a result, you do not tolerate others lying to you or treating you unfairly.

That’s a good definition but how can you be treated well? It is by getting to know yourself. Having a confidence in yourself. Knowing what is not right, and having a positive attitude. Respect for an individual should be practiced whether if you’re in the office or at home. A boss who’s shouting at the top of his voice to his employee without appropriate reason does not show respect. It a reflection of who he/she is—as without self-respect for one another, there won’t be cordial relationship. Self-respect is self-worth.

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners” by Laurence Sterne

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