Treat others the way you want to be treated

Real Estate Agent with None

Yesterday, I was speaking with someone I had not seen in some time.  I was telling him that I would much rather do real estate on a smaller scale and do it ethically, than do it on a larger scale, and unethically.  This statement is a no-brainer for me.  I would much rather be able to look at myself in the mirror and feel good about how I conduct my business.   

I was a bit shocked to find that he said "ethics do not make the world go round, money does."   I was then taken aback when he continued to say that "no one in my family has done business ethically."  He said,"How do you think that your father got into the position he is in?  There is no way he was ethicalI use dirty tactics all the time, and that is the only way to succeed in life and business."



Please excuse me while I go vomit.



Are you kidding me?  This is a man whose business I have been chasing for about a year.    Well, no more!  Again, I must say that ethics in business are a top priority in my book.  Unfortunately, this is not the first time I have heard this from a potential client.  I do not want to be associated in any way with sketchy business tactics.  

He asked for my card with my new contact information, so I went to go get my card, and never returned.   What could I have done differently?  Should I have handled that situation in a better way while maintaining the business connection?  

I try to follow the Golden Rule in business.  I treat others the way I want to be treated.  No one wants to have dirty tactics used upon them, so why should I feel that I can use dirty tactics on potential clients.

Comments (2)

Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Kelly, it's sad to know that there are many people in business who operate this way and they not only hurt the public, they give the rest of us a bad name too. All we can do is hold our heads up and continue on being people of integrity and honesty....

The Manual of the Warrior of Light deals with this extensively and advises on how to triumph against these kinds of people.  I believe you did the right thing by not returning to him...I'm sure he got the message. 



Nov 07, 2007 06:29 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Kelly

Your reading the right book. True customer service is doing business ethically. It also gives you long-term investment to your business. So keep thinking the you do and you will go a long way in business and life.

Have a good one

Nov 07, 2007 09:01 AM

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