“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Mark Twain

Other quotes along this line of thought are:

“When I was younger, I admired intelligent people, now I admire kind people.”

Or “The highest result of education is tolerance.”

Or Dr. Seuss’s, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

or the one I coined in the title!

So even if you know everything in your area of expertise. (You don’t)

Even if you have a Ph.D.  (Big whoop!)

And even if by some magic wand you suddenly know all; if you don’t care about people, it’s worthless.

And what exactly does it mean to care?

To care means to love.

A word that seems awkward outside of one’s inner circle. Why can’t it apply to our co-workers? Our subordinates? The cashier and pizza delivery guy?  Love means you want the best for others, whether at home, at the office, or out and about.

Take all that knowledge, those skills, those great lessons and lovingly apply them to everything you do and everyone you work and play with.