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Take it Personally

When some type of event occurs how often have you heard someone say, “Don’t take it personally?” For many people that is not easy. If a person insults the quality of your work for example, how are you supposed to react? Of course you take it personally. People often put their hearts and souls into a project only to have a superior tell them it’s not up to par. Rather than criticize a manager or supervisor should point out the flaw and then give recommendations to fix the errors. Insulting is not required. It is how people speak to each other and how their tone, vocabulary, and even attitude are perceived. Whenever people discuss business they always include in their remarks, “Don’t take it personally.” Yet how can individuals not when they may be made redundant, demoted, receive a decrease in pay, etc. Of course there is no other way to feel. It is often easier, particuarly for a weak manager or supervisor, to demote and reduce income so a person will quit. In many areas, if an employee quits they cannot receive unemployment compensation. This makes it much less costly for the employer. I had a client call me today and without realizing his situation revolved exactly around this topic. Three years ago he needed certain documents which I provided. Now, nothing has changed and the stock company is not cooperating with him. They literally told him not to take it personally. Yet it has been three years. I called them and they gave me a variety of excuses none of which were acceptable. They then informed me that he needed a medallion to collect on stocks he inherited. They left out the fact that they asked for other documents that they had requested. I was calm, patient but firm. I reminded them that the documents they were seeking were not required,  were not valid as the stock owners had passed. Now he and I are back to square one. They even told him to go to probate but the laws in California clearly made it unnecessary. What does this all mean?  They are not interested in releasing the stocks and they do not care. Have you ever been told, “Don’t take it presonally?” The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website www.goodgusbooks.com along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at www.misplacedtrustbook.com. If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision. Please check me out on IHeart radio. The Good Gus series, books one through four, are now available at the Morgan Mill Mail/UPS. I am now on Instagram and X!

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