Early in his career as a professional golfer Phil Mickelson said, "The object in golf is not just to win. It is to play like a gentleman, and win."
To expound on Mr. Mickelson's statement, I would argue that playing like a gentleman and winning are in fact inseparably connected. I would argue that when one acts like a gentleman, he always eventually wins. Yes, I know what your thinking? What about the snobby neighbors across the street, who despite their multiple cases of bank fraud still happen to drive a Porsche? Or what about that pretentious guy in your class who behaves like an overgrown primate, but still has the most beautiful girlfriend? Believe me, I'm fully sympathetic towards these hesitations, which I know are likely built on experience, but believe me there is a greater truth.
Eventually your snobby neighbors will get caught and serve 5 years in the slammer. One day your classmate's wonderful girlfriend will realize brain is equally, if not more important than brawn. Ultimately, while these ruffians are paying for their detriments to society, you will rise to the top. People appreciate a classy guy. When they need someone they can count on, they will call you. When they need a new employee, they will call you. When they need someone to take home to meet the parents, they will call you.
In a study reported by The New York Times, treating others well may in fact be the primary secret to getting ahead. In the majority of cases, the people who regularly gave to others ended up in a better professional position than those who didn't. One company for example began making a special effort to say thank you to the employees in its call center. Just by giving each employee a thank you card, the call center began generating 171% more revenue.
Moral of the story, don't give up on your good habits. Next time your date is walking towards your car, open the door for her. Next time you are placed in a sticky situation to get ahead financially, make the honest choice. We are rewarded for our chivalry. As Mr. Mickelson said himself, "play like a gentleman, and win". That's a promise.
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