Friendship and Business; A blessing or a mess?

There are a few things that we have been taught since we were children that we shouldn’t mix.  However, we still think that somehow ours will be the exception to the rule right? Of course…well maybe, but more than likely not.

You see there is a real problem when we allow our personal relationships to get in the way of our professional sense. We all know better on all of the little mistakes that we make that cause us the great big problems that we seldom recover from. Our business or our relationships that is.

Unfortunately we put them both in jeopardy far too often trying to compromise and many times we simply do not recover. The worse thing is that we either lose a really good business venture or a really good friend and who wants to lose either of these I know I don’t.  Both are usually once in a lifetime  opportunities.

Anyway, if you must, here are a few things that I would like to suggest. 1)Don’t sugar coat your expectations. (say what you mean and mean what you say, please. 2) Set clear boundaries up front. (Remember the way you begin is the way that you will end so start off the right way  3) Communication is the key; Listen more than you speak (Ole folks wisdom: God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason! 4) Always remember that people are more important than property or money(humans may sometimes choose to forget what you say or do, but they will always remember the way you make them feel. Please always make one another feel that at the end of the day you are more valuable and important than any thing else. 5) Finally, if it doesn’t work out forgive quickly, and promise not to lose the things that caused you to come together in the first place; trust, confidence and respect for each other.

Okay so that’s my twelve cents! I hope you are blessed and there is no mess.

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