The Best Advice

Human beings are social creatures that depend on each other for survival in various ways. The help they extend to each other varies from material assistance to intellectual sharing. One of the most important assistance people offer to each other freely is advice (Price, 2006). Other types of help may require payback, but advice is almost always given freely. Advice can be very valuable because it can turn people's lives around and shape their future (Miller and Wertheimer, 2010). I am one of the people who have benefitted immensely from a piece of advice given by my teacher. The teacher advised me to take humility and respect, and wear it like my clothes wherever I go.

This advice made little sense when the teacher pronounced it because as a young person, I thought that it was a custom for adults to advise the young. Therefore, the advice seemed to be an ordinary duty owed to me by my teacher. However, the teacher kept on insisting until the concept of humility and respect became part of me due to the repetition.

When I reflect on the impact it has had on my life, I wonder what life would be if the teacher had not advised me and kept on repeating the advice. Humility was the hardest part of the advice because during teenage, my energy demanded a show off, which would lead to arrogance and defiance. It was easy to accept and practice respect because it had been insisted upon at home before the teacher advised me. Although it was difficult to hold on to the advice (Johnson, 2005), I decided to experiment with it for a short while and see if it would bear any fruits.

One of the results of being respectful and humble is that people tend to listen to you (Kraut, 2007). In many heated debates, especially in school students think that being arrogant and disrespectful can prove their knowledge of certain subjects. My respect and humility always made me to stand out amongst my peers. Whenever there was a controversy, they always sought my opinion because I respected everyone's opinion and responded with humility.

As a result of the advice given to me, my teachers and lecturers noticed me in class and gave challenging assignments and duty, which were to be done on behalf of my class. This was a challenge because it involved extra tasks that the rest of the class was not given. These challenges have been rewarding because they inculcated discipline in me and taught me how to manage my time (Alexander and Dobson, 2009). Since I always had extra tasks to carry out, I never had time to engage in risky behaviors like my peers (Forsyth, 2010). As I reflect on life, I realize many of my friends dropped out of school due to indiscipline and are struggling with life. The only difference between me and them is the humility and respect that have guided my life all through.

From the responsibilities that I was given, my leadership skills were developed. Leadership requires people with patience because those being led may sometimes be a nuisance. Secondly, respecting those being led leads to their acceptance of the leader (Daft and Marcic, 2011). The success of a leader depends on how the assigned duties are executed successfully with the help of those being led (Cooper, 2005). This is a lesson I learned through experience. Any leadership position assigned to me is usually easy to handle, while it is difficult for others. When I reflect on the differences between my leadership and theirs, one thing stands out-the humility and respect I accord to those under my responsibility. People like being respected. Any leader leader who respects his followers receives their approval as their leader. (Kouzes and Posner, 2007). Therefore, the lesson I learned from my teacher has shaped by life and other people's live in a massive way.