Don’t Be Fooled (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 69)
“Bad things happen when you trust the wrong people.”
There are people in this world who do not mean you any good. They are frauds, fakes, and engage in shady business for a living. Getting involved with such people can have serious consequences for your life. You don’t have to be paranoid, but you do need to be smart and wise when dealing with individuals in business and in your personal life. You are responsible to yourself and you owe it to your own well-being not to be fooled by evil people.
Spend time doing due diligence before you accept a business offer from a stranger or give your bank account information to someone who promises to loan you money. Due diligence is for your own peace of mind and safety. The more you know about a person up-front, the less you have to discover later. Don’t let people snow you and try to pull you into schemes and shenanigans that you feel deep down are not right.
Set boundaries for yourself and rules for how you will engage with others. Listen to your heart. If your heart and conscience are speaking to you and wildly waving red flags in your mind, do not wave a white flag in response. One-sided friendships and bad deals are plentiful. It is the true friendships that you want to cultivate and honest people that you want to work with and partner with. Doing your homework before class breeds confidence.
It is not a crime to ask questions. Ask all the questions you want. It is a part of being prepared. Walking into a business meeting or a potential opportunity with a new person with a blank mind and an empty agenda will only leave you ruined and disappointment. If you don’t know what you want, there is always someone who knows what they want. And some will prey on vulnerable people who have no aim or purpose to get it.
Before you meet someone in business or social relationships, know exactly where they are coming from. Find out what their motivations. Make them reveal beforehand what they REALLY want. Know ahead of time what you want and how they can help you and what they want and how you can help them. Interaction and conversation with each other will be more meaningful and beneficial to everyone involved. Niceties are fine once you’ve gotten to the point where you know fair and square how you can help each other succeed in life.
“When people are two faced the only thing you’ll know for sure is that you can’t trust either of them.”