A Class Act - Part 3

A Class Act is considerate of others, respectful, kind and polite

Being considerate of others means giving them the same treatment that you would expect others to give you. Doing things that inconvenience others, like being late or making them wait on you is not classy.

Classy people aren’t nosey or back biters; they mind their own business, and are gracious and friendly and mostly agreeable toward everyone. Classy people make it a point to know and call people by their name and never give the impression of being superior, but instead treat others as equals. It is often the simple gestures that reveal your class and authenticity, like giving advance notice of change of plans, keeping in touch with family and friends, and not waiting on them to make the first move.

Being classy is not about being conceited; to the contrary it is respecting others as well as yourself. It is being careful about showing a genuine interest in and concern for others. A class act will avoid gossip, slander and insulting remarks, and voice their opinions only when necessary, and do so constructively and appropriately. Just because you are a certain political party and your friend is another, that doesn’t give you the right to trash them and their beliefs. Everyone deserves respect, so always remember that.

Treat the CEO of your company just the same way you do the janitors – or a homeless person. If you want to know how to be classy, this is definitely one you cannot forget.

A classy man understands that his life is about service to others, not serving himself, and that’s what he does. (Remember, in Part 1a we talked about “the first shall be last and the last shall be first”) So, even though he knows what drives him, he focuses on pursuing his passions ardently in a way that reflects his innate talent and creativity, without needing to step on, or in front of others to get there.

“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.” ~Author Unknown.

Kindness describes class like no other word. Check out this story:

“During my second year of college, our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. “Absolutely,” the professor said. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.” J.C. Jones

Kindness probably touches people more than any other virtue, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~Mark Twain

Ironically I’ve seen husbands who were far more polite to a total stranger than to their own lovely wife. An excellent place to start practicing politeness is at home. Politeness is not something we do because we expect it in return, but because we are polite. It’s starts with simple common courtesy like please and thank you.

Probably the classic case of rude is provided us by Kanye West who ruined Taylor Swift’s winning moment at the MTV VMAs September 13, 2009. About all anyone remembers about the show is that West turned the star-studded celebration into The Kanye Show when he rushed on stage rudely interrupting Taylor Swift, took the mic and began to complain about Beyonce’s loss in the Best female Video category.

That little show of "how rude you can possible get" cost West dearly in terms of popularity and future income. No doubt it helped classy Taylor Swift who in the years since has won numerous awards and dominated the charts while West has faded. What a display of pure class of Taylor Swift contrasted against West with total classlessness.

Living a life of honor, determination, humility, and respect is a good start to becoming a modern gentleman and a real class act.

“A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.” – George Bernard Shaw

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