On Being a Modern Gentleman:
Guideline 20: Be on Time
The modern gentleman should be punctual. Being late shows carelessness and callousness towards others. Whether conscious or unconscious, being late communicates to others that you feel your time is more important than their own. This is not a gentlemanly attitude.
Being punctual will improve your confidence, your relationships with others, and may improve your standing at your workplace. It will also demonstrate that you are humble, dependable, respectful, and considerate of others.
Why not be punctual? There are no benefits to being late, and being on time or early takes no more effort. Lord Horatio Nelson once said: “I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time, and it has made a man of me.” You should endeavor to do the same.
Do not waste the time of others. Your time is no more precious than theirs. English novelist Arnold Bennett agreed:
It has been said that time is money. That proverb understates the case. Time is a great deal more than money. If you have time you can obtain money—usually. But though you have the wealth of a cloak-room attendant at the Carlton Hotel, you cannot buy yourself a minute more time than I have, or the cat by the fire has.
Being punctual is the easiest guideline of the month. Just do it.