Chapter 29

Remember What Mom Taught You

ETHICS AND PERSONAL LOYALTY

We started this conversation by addressing your passion. It’s easy to let yourself be swept away by that passion and be convinced that doing the right thing is old-fashioned. We hear stories about what an S.O.B. so-and-so is, and how so-and-so goes through assistants and staff like a shredder through old papers. It can lead you to believe that being the nice guy or girl is not the way to go. You’d be wrong. It’s a people business, and many agreements move ahead without contracts precisely because there is an assumed level of trust between players. Your word must be worth something. Don’t agree to take anything on but then decide you’re too busy to do it right. Play by the rules ...

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