DEPENDABILITY IS THE FIRST FOUNDATION STONE OF GOOD CHARACTER
People of character do what they say they will do, when they say they will do it, and according to agreed-upon conditions.
They are the leaders, the individuals to whom others turn for guidance because they have demonstrated that they care, that they can be trusted.
If you respect yourself enough to keep commitments even when it’s inconvenient to do so, others will come to respect you too.
Dependability, like any other character trait, is a habit.
Begin today-at the beginning of a new year-to develop the dependability habit.
If you procrastinate or find it difficult to meet your commitments, start small.
Promise yourself that you will be on time, for example, and manage your time so that you are.
Soon you will find that it’s easier to keep other commitments as well.
“Benjamin Franklin Keith and Edward Franklin Albee became partners in the late 1880s to promote “polite” vaudeville. They lavishly remodeled several theaters on the east coast and began producing a brand of “high class” vaudeville. Crude remarks and risqué costumes were censored from performances and they even attempted to prohibit rude behavior by audiences. Keith was the financial head of the circuit, while Albee was the general manager and owner of several theaters. In 1906, Keith and Albee established the United Booking Office. Every act that sought employment at any of the member theaters had to work through this central office, which in turn charged a five percent commission per act. Thus Keith and Albee expanded their power base. In the 1920s the Keith/Albee circuit merged with a western chain of vaudeville theaters to form the Keith-Albee-Orpheum Circuit. In 1928, $4,500,000 worth of stock was sold to Joseph P. Kennedy’s Radio Corporation of America (RCA) establishing the Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO). After this merger, motion pictures became the primary form of entertainment, while vaudeville survived only as an accompaniment to the feature film.”
We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.