Last Thursday I posted an opinion blogpost here about waiting and being stood up, and I was counseled by Rob Thomas, a great friend, that my tone was too negative.
OK, I can get frustrated, like we all can, at things that happen in my business life. Perhaps I was too negative. I was expressing a trend I see all too frequently. And don’t like. So I said something about it here.
In fact, 2 LinkedIn followers “kudoed” the blog post; signaling they agreed with me. I do not know them, but I appreciate their effort to comment back.
Rob is right. So are the other two. I am right as well. Who’s right-er? (Rhetorical question.)
We all come at our business branding with the sum total of our past experience, present mindset, and future aspirations. My intention is not to brand myself as a naysayer or whiner. The day I wrote that blog piece I was contemplative, perhaps seemingly self-righteous, stung a few times. Stings take a while to recede and settle down and disappear. I have heard from others that they enjoy the honesty I place here. But as I reflect back on that blog’s commentary, there’s a fine line between constructively critical and curmudgeonly angry.
So I thank Rob for being the intrepid conscience I lacked that day, the voice I should have heard in my head, the “should-I-or-shouldn’t-I” debate I ignored before posting.