I read this article yesterday and thought it was a great one to share. It shows how important respect is to a man and how important it is to earn it. Sign up for Manhood Mondays to get tips from JP!
My last post, MM#2: Lead!, mentions respect. I think it’s inherent in us guys to want respect. We demand it from our little brothers, try to wheedle it out of our big sisters, and expect it from our wife.
We breathe it like we do air and, for some of us, it’s even more important than sex. But respect and your paycheck have a lot in common: both have to be earned.
Start by not joking so much and don’t treat life/others like a joke.
While friends may laugh at you when you try to be funny-they’re doing just that: laughing at you, not respecting you. I grew up in a heavily black (African-American) society and where it seemed that everything should make someone else laugh. However I learned early on in middle school something that they don’t teach you in textbooks: the joker never really wins.
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