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I’ll Stop Being A Victim Once Everyone Corrects All My Errors

I’ll Stop Being A Victim Once Everyone Corrects All My Errors

I get some nutty requests and some innocent misunderstandings in my mail, but sometimes I simply receive unbridled self-absorption.

I guy writes me this morning and says that he purchased on of my books on Amazon.com as an electronic download for his Android, but he can’t read all the charts and graphs clearly on such a small screen, so would I send him all the charts and graphs in the book by return email?!

I pointed out that he engaged in a transaction with McGraw-Hill through Amazon, not with me, and that he chose the particular platform on which to read the book, not I. It would take all of $16 or so to purchase the book and get the charts in context. But, no, I should take $2,000 of my time to make it right for him.

He wrote back and told me I violated my own values, that I’m claiming it’s not my fault and he should fix it himself. He said there’s no reason why I can’t send him the 20 or more graphics. Yet it is his fault and I’m not going to fix it. Imagine if one one-hundreth of my readers started making such requests on a daily basis?

This is symptomatic of people who are so self-absorbed that they’re about to shrink into a tiny cube of self-importance. I have millions of readers at this point, worldwide, and I’m sitting here running a seven-figure, global business. Yet because he made bad choices, I’m supposed to fix things for him, stop my day, pat his head.

Folks, if you have to cry out for free help with something this abysmally silly, you ought to go back to day care, where there’s a much more appropriate peer group.

© Alan Weiss 2011. All rights reserved.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 3

  • Tim Wilson

    July 1, 2011

    I think you were being kind by calling it self-absorption, but this is just being stupid. Why people insist on trying to read graphs, pie charts, and spreadsheets on smart phones is just not using the common sense God has given us. His asking you to send the charts via email is his thinly veiled attempt to a) cover-up his stupidity, and b)get a free hard copy of the book.

  • Jeffrey Summers

    July 1, 2011

    As Hanlon’s Razor states: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

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