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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Just Because You Can Do Something Doesn’t Mean You Should


  1. Just because you can add spammy commercials and ads to your blog doesn’t mean you should.
  2. Just because you can charge me for refills of my drink without telling me doesn’t mean you should.
  3. Just because you can filibuster a proposal in Congress doesn’t mean you should.
  4. Just because you can legally pay a certain wage or compensation package… and not someone’s actual worth, doesn’t mean you should.
Absolutely no judgement on any of those scenarios above (though any one of them can be quite frustrating to deal with). 

But the idea of “just because you can” is a shortcut, that invariably will not lead to long, sustainable success (of course, there are exceptions to everything).   
  1. Find appropriate ways to advertise your service or generate revenue from your partners
  2. Open and honest is the best policy. The four extra dollars you make from me on this visit, doesn’t account for the fifty I could spend if I make a return visit.
  3. Try to find a compromise from the get-go instead of playing political maneuvering games. You work for the people and not the party or self-interest.
  4. A happy and healthy employee will produce a greater return than the pennies you’re pinching and saving. 

Strategy that involves a win (even a partial one) for the other party, along with open and honest communication seems to be a bit more difficult and uncomfortable; but the way to plant seeds for multiple future wins instead of an immediate, sterile (unable to produce fruit or offspring), and singular win.