My answer to What is the biggest lesson you have learned in the corporate world?
Answer by Desmond Last:
That bulls..t not only walks it talks as well. It talks so well that we sometimes forget our own rules and the lessons we have learned to get us where we are.
At Sydney Boat Sales we sold boats to those who walk the higher plane than us mere mortals. These Gods of Venus would stride into my brokerage as if God himself had descended from the Heavens. Then they would tell me how much money they had, what cars they had and what I was going to have to do for them instantly.
Never matter that it was a 30 knot wind outside and all the Yacht masts were horizontal. No matter that the Assistant (there always is a cute assistant) was in a mini-skit and high heels. Never mind that we would fear for our lives if we took them out to look at a boat. So we did.
An hour later soaked to skin, teeth chattering, and in need of hot coffee they had learned their lesson.
Always listen to the Professional.
They were good at what they did. But so as not to lose face when they came to us they would try and bluster and impress.
The lesson is ‘If you do not know say so’. It may save 000’s of $.