Forget making New Year’s Resolutions. Instead, just stop doing these 6 things.
Stop lying. The beautiful thing about telling the truth is that you don’t have to remember what story you told. You also don’t have to remember who you told or which version.
Stop being cocky. You’ve heard the saying, “You’re not sorry. You’re just sorry you got caught.” Check your ego at the door. Then you won’t lay in bed awake at night wondering if someone is going to blow the whistle.
Stop believing what you’re doing is too small to be noticed. Think what you’re doing is small-scale enough to fly under the radar? You’re kidding yourself. Whether you’re taking money from your company, non-profit, or employees in dribs and drabs, or whether you’re making comments you think are friendly and innocuous. They will get discovered.
Stop abusing your power or position. Don’t force people to do things by lording over them to get your way. Don’t force them to keep silent. These things have a tendency to bubble over and not stay secret for long. Do this often enough, and they’ll band together to ruin you.
Stop thinking the problem will go away on its own. The more moving parts, the less chance of things blowing over. If you don’t take control of a situation in the early stages, you’ll create a beast that’s hard to handle.
Stop putting things into writing. It’s amazing the things that people commit to record. If you keep writing about all the bad things that are happening, you’re essentially building a strong case against yourself. You know in the movies where two people are trying to have a secretive conversation, and they turn on the music to drown out the bug in the room? Keep private matters private.
Obeying these won’t guarantee you’ll never have a crisis, because once you reach a certain level of celebrity or status, people come out of the woodwork to take advantage of you. But you’ll greatly reduce your chances of ever having to call upon us.
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