No crazies allowed! How to rid your life of difficult people.

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There was nothing I could do to stop the Guitarist’s rampage.

He stormed through the Bridal Fair in his musty corduroy suit, yelled at the person with the clipboard, glared at the brides who approached my booth, dumped his personal problems on me as he threw his CDs into a cardboard box before storming out.

Let me back up and explain the situation. I have a side business where I connect musicians with performing opportunities. I just spent a week organizing live music for a Bridal Fair and was on my feet for four hours asking brides to hire those musicians for their receptions.

Everything was going great until the fashion show and prize giveaways went longer than expected and the Guitarist didn’t get the stage time he wanted. Rather than play his guitar in a different area and hand out his cards, like I suggested, he went ballistic and made everyone uncomfortable.

Even worse, my confidence plummeted as I saw the negative impact he had on my business.

How to clear negative people from your life and surround yourself with positive people

The people you work with and spend time with can have a profound impact on your mood, your productivity, your income, your life span, your confidence, and your reputation.

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Mandy Marksteiner


  • Well said Mandy! Most people don’t realize how much energy & emotion we suck in from our environment, and how it can affect us. Thanks for this reminder.

    I actually just decided today to punt a client that wasn’t good for me. I took them on for the exposure, experience, and work, however considering how little they’re paying me, it’s not worth the hassle. Thankfully I had a cancellation clause in my work agreement, as well as a deposit requirement, so I can recoup most of my money for the effort, but still. I’m a little annoyed I let myself get into that situation.

    Good riddance, and on to better clients!

  • Excellent advice. Some new Freelancers can fall into the swamp of icky clients behavior when just starting out, and the sooner you recognize how the slime of their dysfunction can consume and cripple you, the better. I wasted two months struggling with a horrendously misbehaved client because I needed the money, only to have to disengage in the end anyway. Pay attention to behaviors that make you uncomfortable upfront, and learn to navigate around them successfully!

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