Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Don't Burn Your Bridges in Business! (Read Time: 52.17 seconds)
One of the chief lessons I have learned in my short time as an entrepreneur is to never burn bridges in business. Granted, there are times when you may have to disassociate yourself with people that have burned you and show a lack of integrity, but even then, it must be done in a graceful manner. You never know when you may need them again or who they are connected to that you may need. Business is largely about relationships. Certain clients won't even answer your calls without first having a solid relationship with you and your company. I wish that I had known not to burn bridges earlier on, there is no telling how much further I could be in certain circles. You can respectfully decline certain business proposals and agreements, but always let the other party know that you look forward to doing something with them in the future should things line up a bit better for both sides. At the end of the day, you want to leave a good impression with even your opponents. This is something they don't really teach in business schools, but it is vital to success.