I’m going to go ahead and take Maximus’s wise words and take them out of context I’m not talking about the deeds we do in life carrying into the after life because that doesn’t have a whole lot to do with business. What I am going to talk about is the fact that our business lives and our personal lives are no longer separate. The actions of our personally lives can echo into our business lives and vice versa.
The inspiration for this post came last night at a hockey game. One of the players on the other team was just the worst type of player. Disrespectful, dirty, ran his mouth, and show boated when they took the lead. I was informed he was a good guy off the ice, but that isn’t what I saw. Another fan made the point that if they ever dealt with the guy professionally they would laugh in his face and tell him to keep on walking. This seems like a stretch basing professional opinion off a hockey game, but it really isn’t. The things we do out side of our professional lives echo into business. You may be great in the professional world but the action of your personal life can negatively effect future business dealings.
The advice I pass on is to treat all of your life like you’re being assessed. You might think you are being pretty cool acting like an ass at a hockey game, or posting the video of your “epic” 60 second keg stand on Facebook, but in reality employers and clients have unlimited access to our digital lives and it is in fact “a small world after all”. It might be petty but if this hockey player walked into my office in the future I would asses him on the game I saw over and above any professional standings he had.
That’s my rant for the day, thanks for reading.