In many professional relationships, one person typically has the “power” or the upper hand. I don’t like to look at things and relationships as so black and white but let’s be real: Usually, one person has what the other needs. Names and details in the following scenario have been altered to protect those involved, but let’s learn about why it’s good to try to go through life not being a douche as often as possible, shall we?
T enjoyed a position of power in her job and used it to advantage. T decided against carrying a client’s product in their large store because she said at the time, “she didn’t like it.” Not a big deal. and my client promptly moved on. Many others are picking up distribution. That’s her prerogative and our livelihood doesn’t count on it. Fast forward one month and T is in a new job in the same industry. However, T’s position is now in a place where she needs my client’s business.
That’s when The Groveling Email arrived.
I’m sorry, I was having a bad day that day and it must have affected my taste buds. I really do like it.
The rest of the email went on asking for that piece of business.
Man, I hate it when I have a bad day and it affects my tastebuds, don’t you? I write this because it would be great to live in a world where none of us ever had to write The Groveling Email. We do this by realizing that all partnerships are equal footing when we tally up not “at the end of the day,” but at the end of … in our death bed.
Unrelated but with a happier ending, Patrick waited impatiently behind a car to make a left turn out of the parking lot. He stopped short of honking his horn at the guy. Good thing, because the next day when his new client showed up for his appointment, lo and behold… it was the guy who couldn’t make the stupid left turn.
Bad karma doesn’t always behave like a boomerang; coming full circle and back at you. Sometimes the tables simply turn and you find yourself in the trajectory of the crap you flung. Think of the people in your community on a time continuum and don’t ask what value someone brings to you “now.”