PostHeaderIcon What I Learned From My Toddler: Let Them Do Their Own Thing

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By Terez Howard

It’s the same frustrating routine.  I sit her at the table to eat.  I know my daughter’s hungry, maybe even starving.  She talks, giggles, plays and then cries she wants “something else” (code for: dessert), when she hasn’t touched a bite of her food.

I must sound like a broken record.  I always tell my toddler, “If you don’t eat your food, you can’t have something else.”

Micah might try to fight the system.  But it is quite strict.  She oftentimes gets out of her booster seat with her dish full of food because she refuses to eat (even though her plate might have pizza on it, every kid’s favorite!).

Your loss, I think to myself.

Let them go

Your customers and even potential clients might have an idea that seems to be the best… in their eyes.  In your eyes, you can see the error of their ways.  Perhaps you just disagree with their methods and means.

I once responded to a listing on the Warrior Forum that said this marketing guru guy was going to help me build a website and make a ton of money.  He only took 10 students for free.  Although I was leery, I signed up.  I didn’t think I could lose.

Well, he wanted the 10 of us to sign up for a particular website host, so he could get the affiliate sales, of course, even if we already had a host.  Then, there was another something we needed to purchase, and once again, we had to use his link so that he could get the affiliate sales again.  That didn’t bother me as much as the following.

He plainly stated that he would be using black hat marketing techniques.  This is an unethical way of ranking high on Google quickly.  Then once you get caught, your site gets banned.  He claimed the best marketers used at least a little black hat SEO.

I was done.  I refuse to participate in any unethical means to make money.  It’s deceptive.  And so what if “everybody’s doing it”?  So since everyone is jumping off a bridge, I’m suppose to, too?

My toddler teaches

Micah usually ends up feasting at snack time when she refuses to eat her other meals.  In the meantime, if she wants to be hungry, she can go on ahead.

The same is true for the businesspeople who get ahead any way that they can.  Let them do their thing.  I’m not going down with them.

About the author

Terez Howard operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clients’ authority status and net visibility.

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2 Responses to “What I Learned From My Toddler: Let Them Do Their Own Thing”

  • Paul Novak says:

    Well said. Maintaing integrity and sticking to your convictions might occassionally have a few unpleasant repercussions, but that’s why it’s so hard to do. When you remember what you REALLY stand to lose if you don’t, then you realize how much better off you are.

    Besides, if you don’t just let go now and then, how are you ever going to be able to enjoy it when they come back asking you how to do it right? 😉

  • thoward says:

    My thoughts exactly!

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