An acquaintance owned a local business, now closed, because he allowed too many large accounts to owe him, then accepted the stories they concocted, and extended more credit.... Finally the whole thing collapsed on him, and he now works for what was his competitor.
As a business person, you either alpha up or disappear....
That is the ultimate disrespect in business. But sadly it happens to a lot of men.
They loose their respect,then their business , then their wife / women, then their family.
The same rule applies to life.
That's why I always say ," never take disrespect."
My brother in law used to work for one of the richest men in the Caribbean as a director in one of his companies.
This man is a billionaire. An old immigrant who fled civil war in Lebanon decades ago and came here to live. He was very successful in business. He was not educated,but he hired highly qualified men to run his business interest. His business empire stretches from Miami throughout the Caribbean , Central and South America.
So my brother in law gave me this account of what happened once on a crucial board meeting where they were discussing a " hostile take over" of a competing business in Jamaica .
The old man gave my BIL specific instructions on how he wanted the outcome of the board meeting to be. Everyone must say yes to the takeover.
Everyone voted no,and started giving all their reasons, blah,blah blah. Meeting rambling on.
My BIL reports back to the old man. He instructs him to call another board meeting and he will come and address the meeting.
Next meeting the old man comes into the meeting, sits at the head of the table, and addresses everyone about the strategic importance of the takeover etc. Men begin to object citing performance reports, economic outlook in Jamaica blah,blah. blah.
After about 15 mins, old man opens his briefcase , takes out a prepared document regarding the bid to acquire the shares,and reads it. Everybody looks at him as if he's crazy and starts to mumble, a few chuckles.
Old man takes out another document , an unsigned letter of resignation, and reads it.
He takes out his Sig Sauer handgun from his briefcase, places it on the table and passes both documents around .
Everybody signed on the " bid to acquire the shares" document, and the resignation document came back empty.
Today that company is the largest supplier of its products to the Caribbean and Central America.
Now,if that aint Alpha,I don't know what is!
And he's an old man!