Trust and business
Sometimes finding the right business partners can be really challenging. True, this is more of a rant than anything. However, what I find is that sometimes you can have the best intentions and want to work with people, but they don’t reciprocate.
Moving on from disappointments in business relationships can be really tricky. Unfortunately we carry what we’ve experienced in the past with us right into the next business relationship. It really is no different than other relationships that we’ve had in our lifetimes.
But sometimes I find myself just reluctant to work with someone because of the way that they can talk to me. That may just be there baseline and I’m making stuff up.
In other words they tell me one thing and I make it mean something completely different.
Today, I was talking to someone on the phone. She’s a business owner and she told me that she really doesn’t trust anyone. And I remember thinking how can you do business and not trust anyone. There is no way that you can do business without trusting.
The old adage of trust, but verify is probably the best defense against getting totally snowed. However, you never can really prevent all forms of manipulation or if you are working with someone that is dead set on taking advantage of you, you may find it hard to protect yourself against that type of person.
I for one, am a believer that if you can create a win-win situation for the people that you work with, and you stand a chance of working with great people. (Not always true in a corporate setting though)
So my recommendation is don’t get disheartened don’t let your past equal the future relationships that you were working in in with right now. Give everyone a chance.
Napoleon Hill said that there were three types of people. The first type is people who have to be kicked in the butt to get anything done. The second group of people or people that won’t do anything no matter what. And the third group is the group that you want to work with. They are the ones that are committed to excellence. They will get the job done the matter what. They are reliable and effective.
A lot of times I feel like I have to work with people that I can relate to. If I can’t relate to someone the first time I speak with them then chances are it’s going to be a difficult relationship. However, if I find someone that is just as skeptical, open but cautious as I am… right off the bat, then they have probably done enough business to be business worthy.
So, I have learned to trust my gut on these types of things. I can be wrong and I am definitely not beyond getting snowed as well. However, I hold true to the ethics and morals of the ones that I learned when I was a kid which was:
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you’re doing something that you shouldn’t, then believe it it will be repeated to you.
At the end of the day it’s all about selling and reaping. What you sow into life you will to reap. I have heard that Kharma can be a B**** and I firmly believe this to be true.
Treat others well, and you will do wonders for how you are treated.