When it comes to our relationships, we rarely feel something alone.
If you’re not happy at work, chances are they’re not so happy with you, either.
In the end, it’s always okay to quit, or to lay off a friend, or to end any sort of relationship. Sometimes that’s the only way for both parties to move forward.
But sometimes, before severing ties, it’s better to sit down without all the emotion involved, and to engage in some honest dialog and feedback. Oftentimes, getting just a few basic thoughts and feelings out in the open can bring a relationship back on track.
Sit down and ask: “How can I be a better friend?” Or: “How can I do my job more effectively?”
Or: “Did I do something that upset you or disappointed you?”
Or better yet, reach out and volunteer to the other person a way that you can change. Or apologize for something you feel you did wrong, without the other person prompting the apology.
It might take some courage to say them, but sometimes a few simple words can bring a relationship 180 degrees around.
When my banker asks me to list my assets, I like to start with my best relationships.
We need to keep “investing” in our relationships right up until the end.
Like any good assets, they’re usually worth saving.