Respect is a Two-Way Street!
A few days ago, I was listening to the radio on my way to work. The topic of conversation was about whether St. Louis Cardinal MVP Albert Pujols will enter free agency. It was reported that Pujols wants a contract bigger than A-Rod’s 10-year, $275 million deal. It’s not about the money, the announcer said, it’s about respect, and earning even $1 more than A-Rod will prove it. It made me wonder about a few things:
1. What message does that send to kids? Or even employees? Is money what we all want in order to know that someone respects us? I hope it is the way we are treated – the trust, the communication, the little things every day. Having self-worth and being a valuable member of society shouldn’t be dictated by the size of the paycheck.
2. Yes, Pujols has been loyal to the Cardinals organization, but they have also spent a lot of time and resources training him and building an infrastructure that supports his talent. What if he doesn’t perform under the new contract and has a horrible season(s)? Will he give the money back as a sign of respect?