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Narah Valenska

Love it. Cannot - and will not - be bought. :-)


While reading this post, I was reminded of Victor Frankl's wisdom, "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Your response -- in part, writing this post -- demonstrates that freedom and gives us all pause for growth.



Nice post. Compromise is necessary in life. It's when we compromise our purpose that we begin to lose our identity.

You popped into my head today as I was driving to meet.a family with a child with a disability. Glad I looked you up and found that you're stiill on the side of good ;)


We need to take care of selling out so we don't feel like this in the future. Take care and god bless.

C Tabish


I just came upon your blog as well as your Ted Presentation...amazing! It appears as though you are ahead of me in this journey but I just wanted to let you know that I share your passion and admire your efforts.

Well done!



a real man.!!


People always ask me how, after 13 years of supporting my student who has severe disabilities, I am not tired of it. They ask me when I will "upgrade" from assistant to teacher. They tell me "you can't work with him forever".

This blog post is what I will quote next time someone equates the love I have for my student to "just a job".

Thank you so much for putting into words what my heart has been saying all along :)


Love this post. I actually think I used to consult a manager with this company. If it's the one I'm thinking of. It is an MLM.

Jon R McBride

Simon, you nearly brought me to tears! I love your heart friend.

Joanne F. Miller

A great example of how money never compensates for violating one's values. A great lesson learned. Kudos!


You're doing right Simon. Some companies may stick to their existing model so much, that they don't want to change. For these stuborn people, we tried our best and if they don't accept it, then we forget about them and move on.

I just finished your book, thank you for the great book! It's really inspiring. I told my colleagues to read it also. Thank you for every single inspiring story in the wonderful book.


Tony Gedge

True to the core Simon!

You kept your why. Your newfound due diligence for future gigs is the lesson.

Keep the faith!

Tony Gedge

Cherilyn DeVries

I can't tell you how encouraging it is to read a piece like this! So many folks make it to the big time and then rationalize their sellout. Do forgive yourself. Sometimes we all need an intuition check like this to remind ourselves of who we are.

Your experience reminded me of my very brief time with an MLM cosmetics company. While they talked a good like when it came to customer service, I saw their scripts become more aggressive, as if they were trying to manipulate customers to drop their conscience and common sense. It made me sick.

Thanks for your voice in the wilderness of greed and cynicism.

Katie Jones

As a second thought -- I almost did this last December. There was a company I was thinking about working for at the time and they really wanted me to move up to New Jersey. I kept telling myself that the CEO knew his Why even if he wasn't articulating it, that everything would be fine, that maybe I didn't see the whole picture when I saw him treating people who worked with him the way he did.. but in the end, I couldn't keep doing it. He wasn't authentic, I hated seeing people victimized, I didn't like how he thought he attracted sh*t to work for him... I had to let it go. But I was so upset that I had helped him for a month. Still am.

monika hardy

you go man.

Jan Palencar

Thank you Simon, very inspiring post.

Great ability to reevaluate against your own values.
Being honest is very rare and scarce in these days.

Nadir Muthu

This is happenning in our company, we are rationalising every wrong thing we do in the name of earning more money for our shareholders.

I am sticking with what I believe and the values I have. I do not want the culture of the company to change who I am and what I stand for, instead I know my purpose is the right one and I hope to change the culture of making more money to a company with purpose.

Bill Lee-Emery

Great example Simon. I love the way our bodies tell us when we are off track or on purpose. Subtle at first but with growing momentum and force, it brings to our awareness that which we want to ignore...or need to recognise.

Andrew Thorp

Wonderful piece Simon, the PS bit saying so much about the shallow, transactional nature of the company. It's frustrating when you introduce some deeper concepts to a commercial outfit, based on values rather than bottom line, and they don't get it. Still, you're an example to others that you have to stick to your guns and be guided by those values that make you you. Bravo Simon!


Who was the company?

Christian Louboutin Online

Very cool idea. I think I will have to try this one. I just love the "It's the Little Things" line. Thanks!

Katie Jones

It's really funny because I had that same sick feeling this week, multiple times. I didn't even want to eat. The worst part was, I usually work through it by writing -- but for some reason, I was so blocked that I couldn't even write that. I was so blocked I felt like I was going to burst. And every interaction made it worse. It felt like I should just start letting everyone in the world walk on me. Which... in a sense, I did. I just... didn't care. Until today, where I ended up sitting down in the shower under the water.

Four seconds later, I started humming a melody.

A minute after that, words started replacing the notes.

A minute after that, I had an entire chorus.

Now, I have a song that I get to share with people... and they really, really like it.

I'm not going to lie -- I'm still feeling pretty lost and confused. Like I'm standing on my last two legs of faith and I'm ready to give up. But. Being able to reconnect like that. It gives me hope. It makes me feel like it's worth getting up and trying again. Even if it's hard. And, it's hard.

Anyway, that's all.

Bret Simmons

I LOVE this, Simon. Wish more people would find it, read it, and take it to heart. We are all responsible for our choices and not responsible for how others respond. It takes real integrity to do the right thing when money is involved. These days, so many talking heads will say whatever they think someone wants to hear in order to get paid. Good for you and thanks for sharing!


Thank you Simon for sharing this story. I usually comment in your site using my real name, but this time I won't.
I worked at one of those financial places. One one side, they talk about how clients are the most importat thing and, at the other, they have conferences that only talk about how to sell more and more (they taught us how to increase fear in clients to sell them for example) and maximize commissions.
The company made us pay for our trip and assistance was mandatory (due to "compliance regulations"). The moment I arrived to the "convention" the place was full of booths for financial products of every kind(later I found that those booths were for sale... but that's another story). Among those booths were 2 that called my attention: they were selling some complex investments and their commission payment was the highest I'd seen in the financial industry (8-9% per sale). A couple of years later those firms went bankrupt and were accused of being Ponzi schemes. Now the company is defending iself claiming that their "due-diligence" was on par with the industry and deny any wrongdoing.
I could only be at that job for 2 years. The pressure to maximize commissions is inmense and the conflicts of interest are everywhere.
I decided to quit and risk everything (even my legal status in this country) and stopped doing that kind of job that felt so wrong since the beginning.
Now I work at a firm that truly works with their clients' best interests at heart. And I can sleep well at night.


Simon, a brilliant read. Isn't it amazing how our feelings serve as an "emotional guidance system" to let us know when we're operating (in or) out of alignment with our core values? Excellent stuff...

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