If you do good things, good things happen to you.
If you do bad things, bad things happen to you.
I know this is a generalisation and that very bad things do happen to very good people. I have a friend who was involved in a nasty accident that wasn’t her fault. I have a six-year-old nephew who has just had to undergo a bone marrow transplant, which he had no control over.
But as a general life rule, if you treat others with respect, kindness and generosity, life will repay you.
I’ve been through some difficult times in my 40+ years, but I’ve also done some pretty stupid and irrational stuff. And when I look back, the former is usually a direct result of the latter.
What I’ve learned is that all of your actions have consequences. It’s a form of Buddhist karma (if not the reincarnation part); if you behave like a dick, life will treat you like a dick. (I don’t think the Dalai Lama uses those exact words.)
So whatever you apply it to – building a business, creating networks of influential acquaintances, social media communications, customer service, internal policies – there are four words that I would tell my teenage self if I could travel back through time: