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It takes effort to be mean

As I mentioned elsewhere, I took my daughter on a day trip to FanExpo Boston to meet her favorite actor, Mads Mikkelsen, and other stars including Marisa Tomei and Vincent D’Onofrio (boy did I love him on Law & Order: Criminal Intent). While we were waiting in line for Charlie Cox, my daughter noticed that Bryce Dallas Howard had a small line and since she’s seen her movies and we’re all redheads, she was interested in meeting her.

Bryce Dallas Howard is Ron Howard’s daughter. Yes, my daughter didn’t know who Ron Howard was, but she knew Bryce. All I can say is that Bryce is probably one of the nicest people I’ve met at an autograph signing, up there with Brandon Nimmo from the Mets. If you know the story about Ron and his wife, Bryce being a wonderful person is no surprise. My daughter went up again later to thank Bryce for being so nice and Bryce told my daughter that comment met my day.

All of the stars we met at the show were very nice. Of course, I didn’t pay to see Chevy Chase, he has a reputation for being not-so-nice at times. You need the right temperament to meet people publicly and charge for autographs and photo ops.

I’ve met a lot of great people in the retirement plan industry. On a couple of hands, I’ve met people who are not so nice. I’ve felt it’s easy to be nice, it takes effort to be mean. It takes a lot of work to just offend people. Being easy with people, and trying to develop relationships may seem like work, but being nice is just decent human behavior and I think negativity takes something out of you for showing it publicly.

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