How not to burn your bridges

No matter what you do or what the nature of any of your relationships might be, it’s never a good idea to burn your bridges. By burning bridges, I mean destroying relationships with people, companies, clients etc. You may not think a particular relationship or association is worthwhile today, but at some point that person or company from your past may unexpectedly be just what you need to accomplish a certain task or get something important done.

If a relationship has to be severed due to other opportunities or differences of opinion, make every attempt to go out as you came in – with a positive attitude, integrity, respect and courtesy (assuming that’s how you came in). This may be easier said than done but in the end it all boils down to class. Show some class on your way out of that door and you’ll almost always have an unburned bridge to crawl back across if the need arises.


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