When you’re playing professional football, you need to be one kind of person when you’re on the field and you can be—perhaps even ought to be—a different person off the field. After all, when you’re on the field, you have to be fiercely competitive and even aggressive.

Brian may have been extremely aggressive on the football field, but he was a different man off the field. If he were the same person on and off the field, he wouldn’t have the success he has today.

Brian believes that the way you treat people is one of the most important keys to success. When somebody wants to talk with you, asks for your opinion or asks for some of your time, the way you respond is how that person is going to remember you. The way you respond, then, becomes your reputation.

Always remember the Golden Rule and treat people the way you want to be treated. Brian believes this is a valuable way of life for any person, regardless of whether they’re a professional athlete, a business executive, a blue-collar worker, a stay-at-home parent, or anybody else. You won’t go wrong in this life treating people well.

For one thing, when you feel like you’re at the top of your game—when you are at your most successful and feel like you’ve got the power and you can pick and choose who you give time to and who you treat well—when you feel like that, remember that it may not last. There might come a time when you need something, such as time, attention, or a favor from one of the people that wanted something from you earlier. And they’ll remember how you treated them when they asked you for something.

If you respond to people with respect and courtesy when they want something from you, they’re more likely to give you respect and courtesy in turn when you ask for something from them.

Brian Mitchell was a National Football League star with a 14-year playing career. Now he’s a successful television and radio host. He also speaks with groups who are interested in hearing his inspirational presentation about the values of reputation, goal setting, and more. If you’re interested in booking Brian Mitchell, contact him at [email protected].

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