“…It’s hard… being a NICE guy. It doesn’t come NATURAL for me. I mean… I’m nice enough…. But, being “nice enough,” is NOT Good ENOUGH…!”

QUALITY Guy: “…See that fellow over there….now, he’s a QUALITY guy?”  I pray… someone, somewhere, sometime…. Might utter those words about me.  What a compliment!  The FACT is; we ought to be doing it anyway.  We all know people… who deserve that type of compliment.   Why not try saying ‘it’ as often as we can?  It can have ‘boomer-rang-effect’… making everybody feel better.

Let’s be CLEARdon’t just say it…. to be saying it.  For me… It makes me ‘feel good,’ about myself.  I like the feeling it leaves me with… when I say it…  We don’t speak well of others as often as we should, or could.  Let’s us all try harder.

James 1:9 tells us …“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”  And, in Colossians 4:6 says: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

Being “gracious” in our speech, not only speaks well of ourselves, but our parents, too.  Some of us… don’t always speak ‘so kindly’ of people.  But…not trying to do harm, either.  Here’s an example:  “Did you notice how that guy over there has been acting a bit strange…. I wonder what’s WRONG with him.”  It sounds simple, and innocent enough…. But…  it’s the first stage of JUDGING and GOSSIP.  Let’s try not to… throw out such ‘casual remarks’

For me… I try to TEACH by example… by setting a good example.  I want my CHILDREN (all adults) to be PROUD of their Father.  I want them to REMEMBER me, as having said:  ‘Now that’s a QUALITY guy.’

It’s hard… being a NICE guy.  It doesn’t come NATURAL for me.  I mean… I’m nice enough…. But, being “nice enough,” is NOT Good ENOUGH!  It’s like ‘barely getting by.’ Who wants AVERAGE?  We all … must strive to be BETTER, to EXCELL, to work in a QUALITY manner.  We are our own PRODUCT… so, why not produce a ‘quality product?’

Let us project QUALITY, but do it with humilityJesus was a “quality guy,” but also, a Man of Humility, complete SINCERETY; and RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Let us strive to be… more Christ-like.  When we are more “Christ-like” …then people will want to do ‘more business’ with us, or our company.  People want to FOLLOW that type of LEADERSHIP.  By projecting QUALITY… we will ATTRACT quality.  Quality finds quality…

A few suggestions in projecting a sense of QUALITY:  Dress appropriately; have good hygiene; wear clean/polished shoes; don’t smoke; don’t drink; don’t play around, don’t gamble; don’t cuss; don’t yell (to make your point); don’t stay angry; be forgiving; follow the Golden Rule; be positive; stay CALM; don’t gossip; be respectful and polite; have ‘good manners,’ eat properly; watch your weight; go to Church; be SINCERE in your belief of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; don’t harbor grudges; be ON-TIME; pay your fair share; leave a good tip; SMILE & laugh often; be compassionate; listen intently; let others speak first; keep your mouth SHUT; work HARD; and here’s a NEW one; don’t shake hands with the Ladies…unless they extend their hands first; don’t speak PRIVATELY with women; and lastly… don’t eat alone with women; avoiding temptation.  Then… I GUARANTEE…people will say…. “Now there’s a QUALITY guy.”


About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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