A recent job situation caused me to consider what my price is. What amount of money could cause me to back out of a job deal? If my current employer offered me $10,000 more, would I do it? No! How about $200,000? No!
Consider MasterCard using this approach: Monthly Gasoline Cost: $240; Counter Offer: $12,000/year; Keeping Ones Word: Priceless
Ultimately, my word has to be worth something or quite literally, it’s worth nothing.
In a recent job situation, a manager confronted me because I backed out on a deal. The feedback was that what I say cannot be trusted–not believable. These words hurt me deeply! There are few things we take with us wherever we go and one is our reputation. With that is our honesty and integrity.
In 1979, at the USAFA Prep School, I remember the NCOIC (MSgt Gerald Norton) admonishing us because several students signed up for something and then backed out. He told us that if we put our names to something to do, then we should follow through and do it.
Unfortunately, there are several areas in which I have not always done so. My first marriage is one such situation.
Being given a second chance on the job a few weeks later, I was once again encouraged by my current manager to stay. It would have meant backing out AGAIN! I couldn’t do it! I can’t do it!
Not only would I have screwed over the company making the offer, but my current employer would lose respect for me as well. I would have put a price on my word, already having accepted verbally and in writing. That word has to be protected.
After the first incident, the only way to redeem myself is to keep my word the second time and to do so without any further hesitation. So in a week, I start my new job—which is really my old job—again.
So what’s your price?
Mitt Romney is being challenged with this question as well. A recent donor, an openly gay businessman from New York, decide to ask for his campaign contribution back because Mr Romney chose “to be on the wrong side of history” with regard to the gay marriage issue. The contribution was $2,500.
I think Bill White, the plaintiff in the request, is wrong to ask for the money back and most likely, his money has been long since spent. It’s not as if the Romney campaign tucked it away in an envelope with Bill’s name on it. At the same time, it was given in support and he is no longer entitled to it back. Imagine if campaign donors asked for money back at some future point because their candidate won office but later had an unpopular position on an issue! The donor gave his support and similar to giving one’s word, he should leave the donation alone. He’s free to change his support and give Barack Obama money if he chooses, but there should be no revolving door on donations.
As for the $2,500, I’d just as soon donate the same amount to Mitt even though I’m not excited about his campaign. If I did, my point in donating or collecting money on Mitt’s behalf is that no-one should have a price. Mitt’s views should not be up for sale and those who think they can punish a candidate by saying “give me my money back” need to be counteracted by those who appreciate a candidate who stands his ground—even if it’s not the popular position to take.
Mr White: We should want a leader who stands his ground on moral issues as opposed to one who simply panders to the whims of the voters in order to win. I’d rather run and lose than sell myself for a vote.