You may be smart, driven and ‘successful’ but whether you choose to respect someone or not, it’s your decision; a decision that will define your capacity and attitude that you need to make it in life.
Respect means valuing people’s points of views. It means being open to being wrong. It means accepting people as they are and behaving properly even though they are different than you. It means being polite and kind!
Respect is what makes the biggest difference in being successful in business and relationships.
On a different note: Respect should not be confused with submission, the willingness to accept an unpleasant situation; allowing someone to easily control you or simply giving in to what everyone else wants. Submission can define you as a person who is easy to influence, a pushover.
Always keep in mind that respect is mutual; it’s given and received; be strong and be kind!