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Small wonder, really. Society has become much more casual in the last decade, right?
The examples are numerous:
/Written and verbal language structure has been compromised. Spelling isn’t nearly as important as it used to be; auto-correct or bust! Complete sentences? A thing of the past.
/Formalities are viewed as mostly superfluous. Few people address others by “Mr.” or “Ms.” Many of us don’t answer the phone or respond to email. RSVP deadlines are a joke.
/Casual Friday has become Casual Every Day. People wear blue jeans to funerals and guys wear pants well below their hips.
But a gentleman is still a gentleman
Recently, I ran across a bit of prose that addresses a concept that should never change–the definition of a true gentleman.
Hopefully, this reminds you of some men that you know. I’ve reformatted the text to make it a bit more reader friendly.
The True Gentleman
by John Walter Wayland
The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies…
Who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity…
Who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another…
Who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements…
Who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy…
Whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own…
And who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.
Thanks for keeping the bar high
Fortunately, I meet the coolest people when I’m on the speaking circuit.
My customers and clients are usually true ladies and gentlemen who are into self-improvement and professional development.
The people who read my e-mails and blog posts are the best people on the planet. Of course, I’m referring to you. You’re welcome.
Good etiquette is habit forming
Aristotle said, “You are what you repeatedly do,” only he said it in Greek, wearing only a robe.
It’s never too late to create good habits such as being on time, using good grammar, displaying strong communication skills, being more organized, and dressing nicer.
One tip for changing your behavior is called “habit replacement.”
Learn more about creating success habits from my audio CD, Create Success Habits.
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