Sunday, March 2, 2008
Money Cannot buy Respect
This is Alan Weiss. (the pic is from his e-mail newsletter, Balancing Act.) He's a very wealthy writer and consultant. I took personal exception to his newsletter content and what I felt it reflected about him as a person.
So I unsubscribed and told him why. He even sent an e-mail back (auto-generated) asking for me to take a minute to tell him why I quit his newsletter. This is where it gets surreal.
This fabulously successful and wealthy guy actually sends me back this exact message:
Aren’t we judgmental? I guess the other 7,500 must grin and bear it.
Have a good life.
I was laughing so hard I couldn't breathe! Imagine, a person like this asks for feedback on why someone would unsubscribe to his newsletter and then actually writes back to say, in effect, that my opinion is somehow flawed because he still has 7500 other subscribers! LOL!
My reasons for leaving were value-based. I felt his newsletter did not fit with my values and the person he revealed himself to be was not someone I wished to associate with. Simple, right? (If you send me your e-mail address, I'll forward you the e-mail exchange and the newsletter that prompted it so you can decide for yourself)
Alan Weiss is a very smart fella who has made a lot of money being a...well...a very smart fella. That's cool, right? But he apparently doesn't like people to disagree with him. I actually ruffled the feathers of "The Million Dollar Consultant" enough to cause him to write to me! And be snotty doing it! Again, LOL!
All the money in the world doesn't make anyone right. All the money in the world doesn't make anyone any better than anyone else. All the money in the world won't buy you respect. Neither does 7500 newsletter subscribers....
Per my previous post, the pants still go on one leg at a time....