I respect skills, like musical talent or language ability. I also respect passion and hard work, although it doesn't matter much what he's working for (school, career, art, other goals) just as long as he's trying to improve himself or go somewhere/do something.
It would be given to him straight away. If he has the ability to talk to me and hold a nice conversation and shows me respect, I will most likely return that respect. There is a possibility of him losing it aswell.