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A friend of mine, who developed a national anti-bullying campaign in his home country, was telling me how disappointed he was that his own daughter was being bullied in school. Apparently she attended a private school, one of which was receiving the awareness material and engaged in the anti-bullying campaign. Didn’t matter. Her hearing impairment made her a fun target for her peers who somehow felt superior.
We talk about bullying as though it only exists in the school yard.
I suppose educating kids on why it’s wrong is a good place to start yet bullying is so prevalent in the adult world, too.
Sometimes its disguised.
I had a conversation with the owner of one of our manufacturing facilities. He shared how often they develop product ideas for customers just for those very ideas to be shared with other factories (in search of a cheaper price) or for the effort invested to be disregarded, developed internally or not paid for. (Has this ever happened to you?)
I think on some level that’s bullying.
The definition of bullying is “To use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.”
Aha – with power comes responsibility
The responsibility being in how you’re going to use that power with respect to the people with whom you engage for your success.
The law of cause and effect says what goes around comes around. And it doesn’t always come from the same source or in the same way, but it does return, like a boomerang.
By taking care to value and acknowledge the efforts of others who invest in you, you’re actually setting a precedent as to how YOU want to be treated.
I know. It’s deep.
But think of it this way. Life is like a mirror. Everything you send out reflects back.
By acknowledging and respecting the people who support your success, you’re actually sending out powerful good wishes for yourself!
So cool how the Universe works.