By Danica Torchin, VYP and Communications Coordinator, Las Vegas Metro Chamber
The moral foundation we have as adults is oftentimes shaped by the way we were raised. As children, we learn lessons that are supposed to become second-nature to us as adults, but sometimes, we forget the basics. There are many fundamental lessons that we should remember as adults that will help in developing your professional and personal character.
The Golden Rule
Treat others how you want to be treated. This is probably the first lesson we are taught as children –and the most important. Children understand that if you treat your friends with respect, they will respect you. As an adult, we lose that sense of reciprocity. We send passive-aggressive emails to our co-workers and manifest unhealthy relationships with our friends. If we showed a little more empathy in how our peers feel, we might treat them how we would want to be treated in a similar situation. Showing empathy helps create healthier relationships built on foundations of trust and respect.
Imagine this scenario: it’s your first day of kindergarten and your teacher asks a question. You know the answer, so you raise your hand. The teacher calls on you, you mumble the answer, and they tell you, ͞Speak up!͟ We are taught at a young age to speak up for ourselves and for those around us. As adults, we tend to revert to our timorous selves and stay silent. We don’t speak up for fear of judgment and consequences. Remember that your voice is a powerful tool. Be a little self-interested and stand up for yourself or for others when you need to. People will respect you for your honesty and your willingness to take initiative.
It’s OK to Not Be OK
Humans are not perfect. As adults, we tell children it’s okay to make mistakes. Life is full of making mistakes. But we forget that it’s okay for adults to make those mistakes, too. We try so hard to obtain this Instagram-worthy image of what being a perfect human being is, but we all know that what we post online rarely reflects our actual life. And that’s okay. Remember, it is not a sign of weakness or failure to struggle and have bad days – everyone does, and everyone has them. Also, when you do have a bad day, do one thing to make you happy, whether it’s watching funny videos on YouTube or taking a half day to go for a picnic. We tend to write off children because of their age, but in many ways, they are wise beyond their years. Children can comprehend these lessons, but as adults, it’s important to constantly remind ourselves to keep them in mind. Remember to always treat others with respect, speak up for yourself, and know it’s OK to slip-up sometimes, it’s how you handle your mistakes that defines your character.