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Forgive Those Who Offend You

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In normal business, it’s kill or be killed. Eat or be eaten. Get yours or get taken. Offending others is par for the course. After all, isn’t everyone–your customers, your partners, your competitors–just looking for a reason to sue you? Why not strike first?

To be sure, there are times when lawsuits are appropriate–even just and moral. However, that doesn’t mean you have to harbor continued ill will once the subpoenas start flying. Set your emotions aside and put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Try to see yourself as they see you. Think about what you might think if you were your opponents’ friend hearing about what you did to them.

An ancient Jewish philosopher once said, “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way.” If everyone would at least attempt this, our court dockets wouldn’t be overcrowded. Be the bigger person and give your adversary the opportunity to do the same.

If you just want to build a business, be a ruthless jerk. However, by taking the high road, you endear your company to others, and that’s what you need to create a movement.

Sometimes it helps to have an impartial third party look at an offense with you and help you find the way to forgive. We’re happy to be that third party. Give us a call!

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