My young, handsome, very smart nephew recently tweeted:
“Sometimes when something is beyond your understanding, you just have to stop trying to understand” @cherring1
I love that!..How often do we try to comprehend something and we give up because we just don’t get it. Or for those of us who refuse to back down, we keep on trying until we “think” we get it; only to find out, we never got it…….That stung a lil…:(
When do you know that it’s time to let go and move on, OR to take that next step toward success?
Honesty is very important. The saying “honesty is the best policy” will save oodles of stress and makes life easier – at least it does for me!.
Some people ask for honesty but don’t really want to accept it when it is given. My grandmother raised me to be honest, but there were times she was a little shocked when I answered so honestly.
There are times when you have to consider who is asking, and what the real answer is. We may need to sugar coat it to keep the truth from being too much of a blow, but without compromising the truth.
I recently had an interaction with a potential client that I believe truly was “beyond my understanding”. We met via Twitter and took the next steps via email. Typically, my next step is to speak live, but this person did not want to do that – hmm!
Ok, I’ll follow your lead. I was asked not to call the number provided. I complied and we communicated via email. Eventually I was asked to perform a task, for one hour. I would be paid via PayPal as a test to determine if I could perform the task to the persons satisfaction. Keep in mind, during the communication, I stressed quite honestly, how I felt – what I could or could not do.
The last communication explained my requirements. I don’t perform any task without a signed contract. The contract protects both parties…it’s fair.
I believe in leveraging my time to ensure it is not wasted. I take nothing for granted…this is business. I explained that I require a signed contract and we can then begin. No response.
If I am not spending time making money servicing a client, I am spending time on improving, growing, and educating myself.
In most cases with new clients, I will offer a discount off of my rate the first 30 days. I do this to provide time for both sides to determine if we are going to work well together or not. and I think it’s a great way to get started. It really works well especially if we are planning to work together long term.
Needless to say I don’t have a new client, and I feel good about the end result. We now have an understanding, at least “I” think so. It truly came down to letting go and feeling good that I was honest about expectations and presented myself professionally and held up my high standards.
Ahhh believing in oneself always feels great!
What’s your top value?