We could all stand to see a bit more kindness in the world but I think it’s often seen as the opposite of “toughness”, even though the two can go hand-in-hand.
You can be strong and relentless in all you do, while still being kind while you do it. If you think you need to be a jerk to get ahead, you’re mistaken.
In his recent book “Twelve and a Half“, Gary Vaynerchuk puts it this way:
People confuse the definition of kindness with the definition of pushover—“a person who is easy to overcome or influence.” They’re not the same at all.
But be kind.