Six Sentence Story- Nice Guy Finished First

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Guy always just wanted to be NICE because being nice made him feel good and making people smile was such a wonderful byproduct too.

“Nice” is one of those words that everyone knows but can mean just about anything, such as, polite, kind, thoughtful, pleasant, nonconfrontational, happy-go-lucky, agreeable, telling people what they want to hear, caring, etc.

Well Guy’s life started taking an unpleasant turn when the family dog wouldn’t ever come to him, his kids disrespected him, and his boss overlooked him for promotion on multiple occasions, so he went to a therapist as a terribly depressed man.

The therapist shouted at Guy to stop being a ‘doormat’ for everyone to walk on and the net benefit would be more confidence, more respect, and more leadership skills which are unequivocally necessary for a competent life.

Guy was terribly rattled by the therapist’s tone, and rude suggestion that he was a weakling, but he thanked him just the same vowing internally NOT to stop being ‘nice’ because no one would ever be able to say that HE ruined their day.

Within a year, Guy was separated from his wife, two of his kids were in jail, he was dismissed from his job with no explanation, and his dog ran off, but he held firm to being ‘nice’ and finally succeeded as a political candidate-the one endeavor where only being ‘Nice Guy’ made it possible to finish first.


Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt! – GirlieOnTheEdge’s Blog (wordpress.com)
https://girlieontheedge1.wordpress.com/2021/08/04/its-six-sentence-story-thursday-link-up-171/

Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

23 thoughts on “Six Sentence Story- Nice Guy Finished First

  1. Pat Brockett 08/04/2021 / 8:20 pm

    Glad he held firm to what he believed. The world needs more nice guys.

    • Susan St.Pierre 08/04/2021 / 8:39 pm

      Nice can be overdone and is impossible to define. It’s not very ‘nice’, in my book, to raise undisciplined kids or pets. They’re a selfish (often dangerous) burden on everyone else. Thanks for reading! 😉

  2. Doug Jacquier 08/04/2021 / 8:54 pm

    Sweet tale but I’m wracking my brain for a nice guy in politics who finished first in recent years. 😉

    • Susan St.Pierre 08/04/2021 / 9:03 pm

      🤣 I’ve heard many people claim that ‘nice’ was the most important trait for their representatives. You’d think one would slip through. LOL

  3. dyannedillon 08/04/2021 / 9:48 pm

    He could have been kind instead of being nice and letting people walk all over him

    • Susan St.Pierre 08/04/2021 / 10:12 pm

      😉 great observation!
      He’d surely be called ‘not nice’ by those he’d refuse to yield to. Might be a good idea for him to grow up, don’t you think? 😉 Thanks for the comment!

  4. The Atomic Mage 08/05/2021 / 12:30 am

    Good tale. Guy’s life took quite a few turns by sticking to being nice. The only ‘nice’ politician I can think of who ‘finished first’ is the NZ PM Jacinda Ardern. A good statesperson who comes across as honest and caring.

    • Susan St.Pierre 08/05/2021 / 7:48 am

      If the politician is an effective leader, “nice” isn’t all there is, for sure. Thank-you!

    • Susan St.Pierre 08/05/2021 / 7:43 am

      Appreciate your kind comment… it feels ‘nice’. 😉

  5. messymimi's meanderings 08/05/2021 / 6:34 am

    The therapist (and the nice guy) need to remember there’s a difference between assertive and aggressive, you can be nice and include the former.

    We’ve had a couple of “nice guy” governors here, they didn’t last long, sad to say.

    • Susan St.Pierre 08/05/2021 / 7:30 am

      Nice guys are supposed to finish last like the saying, I guess. 😊
      Thanks for excellent comment. I agree.

  6. GirlieOnTheEdge 08/05/2021 / 6:48 am

    Your Six causes me to ponder – how and when certain words develop negative connotations.
    As to Guy – would have been “nice” had someone significant in his life shown him the difference between nice and standing up for yourself!

    • Susan St.Pierre 08/05/2021 / 7:26 am

      It really is a cultural, maybe even regional, thing when it comes to word meanings. I don’t think we realize how ambiguous some of our words are.
      Guy could have used an early mentor in his life for sure. I agree. Thank-you. 😊

  7. clark 08/05/2021 / 7:28 am

    What a nice Six!

    (Sorry, didn’t mean that the way it sounded (to some people))

    ‘Nice’, surely, next to ‘hope’, it’s the most under-rated, self-imposed deficiency on the planet.

    One might even argue that ‘nice’, as a human trait, was the ‘Kick Me’ sign that god stuck to their respective backs as Adam and Eve headed out the ‘East of Eden’ exit.

    • Susan St.Pierre 08/05/2021 / 7:40 am

      Wonderfully put! Thank-you Clark. Nice isn’t ever supposed to stand alone, it needs support traits because “nice” isn’t an overall flattering term IMO. 😉

  8. UP 08/05/2021 / 10:01 am

    what doug said! and good job on this.

  9. jenne49 08/05/2021 / 5:31 pm

    Oh dear. What an indictment of our politicians too! I fear kissing babies may have gone out of fashion in our cut-throat world though. A great illustration of the negative aspects of ‘nice’, Susan.

    • Susan St.Pierre 08/05/2021 / 5:33 pm

      Much appreciated. Anything overdone becomes a liability. 😉

  10. Keith's Ramblings 08/06/2021 / 9:18 am

    The ones that succeed are those that appear to be nice, whether or not they are! Interesting, Susan!

  11. Lisa Tomey 08/08/2021 / 7:06 pm

    Was he nice to the mice? They would eat all the cheese. And so his life when downhill from one nice moment to the next. Maybe he needed to consider being considerate which takes more thoughtful decision making.

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