If you’ve ever seen the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”, there’s a scene where Emily Blunt’s character sighs and affirms, “I love my job. I love my job. I love my job.”
I had one of those moments this week where a problem was just building and building, more issues on top of the other. All to only come from one client. ONE CLIENT.
When there is one person who is the root of all stress, I’m the type of person to simply confront them politely (the first few times), and be as professional as possible. Man, I was trying to keep it together, because this person was getting even more demanding by the minute.
I don’t mind if someone has goals and is extremely organized. Those traits I actually respect. But this person was constantly buying new followers, had zero empathy for anything outside herself.
It’s really disappointing to find someone who is not reasonable and those kind of people cannot be reasoned with. Even if she was nice though, I found it difficult to tend to the people that were actually kind and I wanted to help.
This was definitely an energy vampire situation and I had to demolish the problem immediately. I want to do justice to my clients and every single person I connect with by giving them my full attention. If I can’t help them it’s one thing, but if they’re asking for help where I can, I am obliged to go above and beyond.
However, this is a balance. If a person is paying for something, their demanding side starts to show. Yes, there are more easygoing people who want to get the ball rolling and will do it in an expertly benevolent manner. Then there are those where if they see you take a breath, they throw a tantrum kind of like a child.
I’m a two-person business. Me and my assistant. Though we seem like we can do it all, we can’t. I will always do my best to be on my A-game but the line ends where it ends.