When Good Clients Go Bad

Mountains of Arizona
Rain 43 Degrees
2:41 p.m.

I used to get annoyed at the end of a client relationship. I was so immature I somehow thought it was supposed to go on forever.

So when the inevitable would come, I’d walk around like the world was out to get me. And I’d use it as an excuse to get back in touch with all of my unresolved anger.

Those were some good times!

These days, it’s different. Nothing lasts forever. Nothing should. And provided everyone is clear about the reality of the situation, you can avoid a ton of stress and angst.

The fact is, the world is filled with clients. And the world is filled with competent experts and advisors to serve them.

If a client isn’t working for YOU, move on. If you’re not a good fit for a client, they should move on. No harm, no foul, life goes on. You wake up tomorrow and keep doing what you do.

Clients come, clients go. That’s about all you can say. In fact, that’s probably all you SHOULD say. Because saying anything more about what “could” have been or what “should” have been…well, it’s all a bunch of story that just doesn’t really help anyone.

In the end, you have to decide whether or not you’re going to be of service to the world.

What you realize is that, for the most part, exactly WHO you serve isn’t always the most important part.

You serve those who want what you have.