In Time is Respect

Sabtu, Januari 13, 2018

Respect is not something you can conjure or demand, Respect is earned. And often the people who are most respected don't have to try to earn it. They simply take action in a way that makes others feel admiration. 

When I was in Tokyo Station, amazed by Sinkanzen arrived exactly on time (This is my favorite one, so I caps it :D)

When I was in Japan joined volunteering activities, at first one of my friend who were the coordinator of the program who daily contact with me to arranged the program, at that time the first thing he told me, "If you're early, you're on time. If you're on time, you're late." (could you please pass this (bunch of schedule “very detail” and tell all students and teachers are be in time, everyday as its all set in the schedule). I've fought hard to make sure that subways, cabs, and 'really quick questions' from my friend who first I met (co-worker) haven't keep me from being where I said I would be when I said I would be there (with all participants). Being prompt shows respect for the busyness of others and gets meetings off to the right start. There is nothing worse than walking into a morning meeting apologizing. Actually I am the kind of person who always on time, but honestly Japanese are in time human beings drove me crazy, sadly at the same time “everyday” I have to apologize of participants who are still being late over again. And glad to have all of them were fully understood, feeling ashamed at first until I studied that “Late” is like part of my country culture (am I wrong(?)). Late is acceptable here and all of Japanese in the hall knew these issues. Although I bring “in time” habit home until now but here I found a large number of people I meet don’t respect other people time as well. Although it is often acceptable but it worst, honestly, since the importance of being in time is essential say, you making an appointment, almost all people are late then it will hamper other activities or might hamper your next urgent schedule.

I value my time immensely and want to show respect for other's time as well. Pessimist right until I have met a few people who are truly in time in making an appointments, not only with me but . It is the only possession that we have and will never get back once it's gone. Don't waste yours or someone else's, be where you said you'd be when you said you'd be there.

Personally I would think someone who value other people time will obviously: 

  • Demonstrates that you are diligent and dependable.
  • Indicates that you honor your commitments and you can be trusted.
  • Shows that you have respect for other people and that you care as much about their time as your own.
  • Sets a good example for your children and others who look up to you.
  • Builds self-confidence.

Sometimes a true emergency happens, or an outlier event transpires. When it happens, try to give a very detailed account of why you were late, apologize profusely, make sure the other person knows that you take it very seriously, and assure them it won’t happen again. I learn this much from friend of my Japanese friends a lot.

One of the common attributes of all successful people is that they view their time as a precious resource. When you are late for appointments with people who value their time, you will have wasted one of their most valuable assets and there is a good chance they will view you as rude, irresponsible and disrespectful. Is this how you want to brand yourself?

Not only should you make every effort to be on time for business-related appointments, but you should also do your utmost to be on time for personal commitments. Valuing your friend’s time and earning their respect is an important part of your individual reputation.

Let me encourage you to take pride in being a person who is always on time and prepared for your appointments. Remember, there is no downside in showing up early, but there is significant downside to showing up late

You can be respected, as someone who is always on time, if being on time is important to you.

It’s the truth and something that should be said more often. I don’t care if you’re attending a party, seminar, or a coffee meeting - your punctuality says a lot about you. 

This Sunday writing in my listlessness, dedicated to whom respects my time indeed, vice verca :)

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