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How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Being Emotionally Scammed

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Many entrepreneurs believe.

They have to.

At all times.

It’s how we are made up: We have a vision, and most times, others don’t believe it. They can’t see the future, and are often are afraid of it. So they say no. They say it can’t be done.

Believing is an awesome view of life.  Don’t we want to Believe?

Such as…

      Anything is Possible

                    Truth will Win

                                   The Right Plan is happening Right Now

                                                    Good is Present Everywhere… Find it, See it

These are the things I try to believe. And it can be hard when someone tries to distort it. This is where we entrepreneurs can get “emotionally scammed.”

Yet we often think of a scam regarding a business deal.

Miriam Webster’s dictionary notes a scam as a “fraudulent or deceptive act.”  We have to realize this is not just a business operation, but can come in the guise of a person. While I believe in the long-term, positive nature of folks, at times they may be misled. They might do something wrong or harmful for a temporary period. Or perhaps they behave in a way that isn’t right, isn’t ethical. It could affect your partnerships, your culture, your team, and you, in a significant way.

And yet the entrepreneur might give a second chance… Or at least this entrepreneur gives a second, third, fourth, fifth opportunity. I don’t want to give up on people – just as I wouldn’t want someone to give up on me. 

Yet this is where letting an emotional scam take place in your organization can hurt your organization. It can dent your vision (briefly for a time), or simply slow your progress. It can demoralize your team, and hurt you.
So in essence, don’t get scammed. But remember, it’s “don’t get scammed by yourself.” No one can do it to you; you are the one who continues to give that person a chance. It might be best to release them from your efforts, with the following caveat: You can believe that the person is trying their best, or that there is another right place for them.  In worst case — wish them well and believe you followed your highest sense of right.
Remember to take care of yourself and to take care of your team. Don’t get emotionally scammed.  Keep with the right vision, the right ethics and the right people, and save yourself time, heartache and cultural wear.