The Importance of Self-Respect

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Marcus Aurelius who was the leader and emperor of the Roman Empire in the year 161 once said “Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.” Self respect is the epitome of Integrity. One who is true to himself obtains a certain respect in himself. He carries himself in such a way that permeates that respect and allows others to respect themselves and to show respect back to him. Profanity and a bad attitude are not a normal part of my character. Carrying myself with an heir of not caring about what I am doing is not in my character. I, like many airmen, are surrounded by many different people of many different backgrounds and mindsets. A great deal of the time I am surrounded by many who don’t really want to be in the military of who express themselves through vulgarity and profanity. It is almost commonplace many times it seems like. Again, however, as I said before this is not in my nature to do so. When I partook in profanity during my brief and portrayed an attitude of “who cares”, I was not being true to myself. Because of this my integrity came into question. Many who saw me as a respectful, religious, and a straight up man, lost that view and respect of me. I could lose my home and all my possessions and it wouldn’t compare to the feeling of losing the respect and trust of my leaders and colleagues. Humility is an integral part of integrity. Humility suggests to an individual that they are never more important than the mission or group. Humility incorporates all of the aspects of Integrity. If a person is humble they will take accountability and responsibility for their actions and their duties and will have the courage to put others first. They will be honest in... ... middle of paper ... ...ion and suggestions on how to improve work efforts and team cohesiveness. As members of a team learn their duties and responsibilities together they become unified in their understanding and efforts. They can better support each other better when they know what each other is supposed to do. The information contained in these briefings should never be taken lightly or without regard. Two aspects of community excellence is mutual respect and benefit of the doubt. When one takes these briefings seriously and does their best to learn and more importantly to train well they show mutual respect for those who are also trying to learn and even train. Benefit of the doubt suggests that all coworkers are innocent until proven guilty. This can also be applied to assuming that all who are in the briefing care about the systems and information shared. Assuming that others don’t

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