A few days ago I got an email that really irked me. I had worked hard on a project and written a thoughtful response to advise someone who asked me to examine a company he’s thinking of buying. Though delivered professionally and courteously, I knew that the news I was giving him was not the news he wanted. I couldn’t in good conscience advise him to buy the company. From the data and from my gut, I know he’ll regret the choice to buy it if he moves ahead. Rather than taking the advice, he felt the need to criticize my analysis in a snarky way.
At first, I was upset about his response and then I had to let it go. I had done the job I was asked to do. I was honest and careful in my analysis, and now he can either take the advice or not. Rather than wasting energy being upset about his email, I plowed the energy into my own creative work. And that was the very best thing I could do. We live, and we learn.