I heard that phrase all the time while I was growing up. I believed it wholeheartedly.
And when it came to school work and in the workplace, it was true most of the time. If I worked hard on a school project, I got a good grade. If I completed all of my tasks at work, I got a glowing review and a raise at the end of the quarter.
But it did not always hold true for relationships, especially with family. I thought that if I put forth the effort into building relationships, by exhibiting the character qualities such as kindness and honesty that I hoped to receive back, people would show those qualities back to me. Everything would work out, and everyone would be happy.
It didn't always work out that way.