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Pay It Forward - Sometimes Its Better To Be Nice Than Right!

Real Estate Agent with Real Property, Inc.

As we all know in our business especially these days there are always characters who are willing to spout off unsupported opinions and they are always ready confront your statements no matter how factually supported your statements may be.  So this past week I decided to make a point of practicing something that I think has become lost in our culture and that is civility to others, specifically in this weeks case  "Sometimes Its Better To Be Nice Than Right".

One simple example where I bit my tongue this week and was nice rather than right was when a friend's wife took me to task about something that was absolutely insignificant to our conversation. She insisted to be right (when she was absolutely factually wrong) and she tried involve me in an argument, I told her I don't remember.  The issue in contention didn't matter to me or to the discussion but it obviously mattered to her, so let her think she is right. We all knew she was wrong.

As long as the outcome of Being Nice Rather Than Being Right doesn't cause any harm we might all get along a little bit better if we made it a more common practice.

John R. Crosby, Realtor
Real Property, Inc.
19 Linden St.
, Marblehead, MA  01945
781-479-4177  phone & fax

Comments (7)

Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

I find that I bite my tongue and change the subject a lot with some people.

Mar 21, 2011 06:48 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree with you. I love the title to the post. Have a good day.

Dec 09, 2014 07:52 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I had a former client who used to say  "Sometimes it's better to be nice than right." Powerful words.

Dec 14, 2014 10:57 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Some people do not really care what you think, regardless you are right or not, they just like the sound of their voice.

Jun 20, 2015 04:36 PM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Being nice is almost always my power of choice.  However, never confuse kindness for weakness.  The people who have the most powerful effect on our lives are usually the ones who make us feel like our thoughts and words are important. 

Nov 30, 2015 12:32 AM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Thank you for following my blog.  I do appreciate you time and comments.  Wishing you a wonderful week.

Nov 30, 2015 12:33 AM