I was reading a fellow’s blog recently where he was talking about some of the people he was really grateful for in his life.
One of the people at the top of his list was an old college professor.
He related a story about how one day this professor ripped everyone a big, fat new one because they hadn’t done the homework they were expected to bring in that day.
Then he stormed out of class and didn’t return at all again that period.
So did this guy whine about how “unprofessional” his professor was?
Did he wail and moan that people should be treated with more respect, who did this professor think he was, talking to students like that… yada, yada, yada?
What he came away with, he said, was one of the most important lessons he’s never forgotten: Don’t waste people’s time.
This guy really gets it.
Respect is a two-way street.
That professor didn’t owe those students his time if they were only wasting it.
They were disrespecting him by not being prepared for class and doing what was asked of them.
Respect would have been reciprocated had they done their homework and come prepared and mindful of just who was doing who a favor there in the education department (hint: it wasn’t them).
Keep that in mind the next time you think you are “owed” something.