RELATIONSHIPS 101: Who Are You Associating With?

associationRecently, I had a discussion with a friend of mine about a particular “business” person.  I always keep it real and anyone who knows me will vouch for that.  Where this person might be really good at business, their character sucks.  Period.  How do I know?  I met this person and their condescending nature, attitude and anti social behavior did not vibe with me.  While I understand in business, you don’t have to like everyone you do business with, or so I’ve heard, I believe the opposite.

To deal with you in any way, shape, or form I have to respect you.  In order to respect you, I have to respect your character.  Character is summed up as mental and ethical traits of a person.  It can be good or bad, depending on your personal beliefs.  If I don’t like your character, in short I can’t deal with you.  It is your choice who you deal with.  At the end of the day, we all know when something just isn’t quite right about someone.  We ignore it and do that whole “benefit of the doubt” thing until we are proven right.   And say what to ourselves?  I knew it, i felt it or etc.

The term “guilt by association” means you are who hang with or associate with.  Do you want someone to assume your business ethics or character is not good because of someone you associate with?  Where we all have flaws, we all have “moments”, character is different.

Character is the core of a person.  Here are some character traits to stay away from:

  1. Dishonesty
  2. Unreliable
  3. Condescending
  4. Inconsiderate
  5. Rude

Think about your associations deeper, your character might be on the line.  If someone decided to judge you by your associations, how would you come out?  Like roses?  Or not so much? What do you want to be? Guilty or Great by association?  The choice is yours!

Peace & Love

Valencia Griffin-Wallace

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As a wife, mother, business owner, and new vegetarian, I aim to help others to grow outside their comfort zone. I'm one of those people who knows a little about a lot and want to share it. I am a straight, no holds barred type of person. I give real advice and tips using my own life as an open book of experience for others. "Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new" -Albert Einstein