“If you’re already a success and reached the top of your game, how will you know if the people who surround you are there because they really like you — or because of your position?”
This question made me think — it’s been awhile since I’ve encountered a position that made me think this much.
What’s more, this question is real, vivid, and a bit sad.
Personally, everybody starts at 100% with me, and screw me once, and the points go down. But basically, I like people from the very start and it depends on what happens next where I start deducting points.
So that’s almost the complete opposite.
“That’s why I am more distrustful of people,” he added.
So how will you really know?
I’m thinking the same question myself — when I met this person, he was just your regular joe. But after hearing him speak, he made me think — am I intrigued by him because of what he has achieved, or because of who he is?
Honestly, I couldn’t care less what a person has. You can pay me tons of money and I won’t go out with a guy I think is a jerk, a bore, or an *sshole. One thing I am proud of is that though it won’t take a lot to get me out, I am not really for sale.
“Why did you agree to have dinner with me?” he then frankly asked.
“Well, first, I dislike lunches unless absolutely necessary,” I reasoned. “They are too rushed and you don’t really enjoy the food and the company.”
“And second, from the moment I met you,” I continued. “I felt you had stories to tell.”
“And I was right…” I said. “You tell interesting stories.”
So anyway, the moment of truth — did the message of appreciation come?
“Thanks very much for a very enjoyable evening…” it started.
Yes it did. 🙂