Growing up, I’ve always heard: “It’s a dog eat dog world”, “It’s survival of the fittest”, “Nice Guys Finish Last”. Well, the truth of the matter is that nice guys will always finish first. At work, business or life, from afar, it may seem as if the bad guys get paid the most, get the best deals, and marry the pretty, smart woman, but reality states otherwise.
Say someone, a plumber, comes to your house to fix your leaking geyser, and when he gets there, he kicks your dogs, hits on your wife, or daughter, and disrespected you – would you call that guy back if you had another plumbing issue?
On the other hand, say there was a guy, a plumber, who came to your house, and treated you with the utmost respect, respected your wife and kids, and even brought some treats for your dog, and on top that did an exceptional job at fixing your geyser, wouldn’t you want to call this guy again?
There’s no doubt that between the two guys, the second guy would earn your trust, loyalty and respect. You maybe might not go out of your way to get him clients, but you’d speak favourably about him to your friends or to anyone seeking a plumber.
What gains him favour with you is not that he fixed your geyser but that on top of fixing your geyser, he was also a nice guy.
Let me tell you something, people do business with people that they like and trust, and bad guys are usually not so easy to trust, never-mind like.
It may look as if nice guys finish last, but the reality is that they always finish first. Keep putting in the hard work, working on developing yourself, and being nice, but not a walk over. Sooner or later you’ll have enough people talking about how nice you are, and trust me; they’ll want to do business with you… because we all want to work with guys that are nice, trustworthy, and hardworking.
If you don’t believe then think of this: say there were two guys, one was greatly talented at what he does, had an exceptional work ethic, but was just a bad guy; rude to co-worker, rude to clients, comes to work late, and if on the other hand you had a guy that was an exceptional employee too, but not as great as the first guy, but he was a good guy, supports his team members, loves working with people. When the time to promote one of them came, which of these guys would get the promotion?
Good guys finish first, eventually. Think about it.
I wish you success.
CEO, Quality Growth International