Sometimes people wonder whether it still pays to be honest, and call me naive, but I believe it does.
Last weekend my husband Jack and I went to listen to a presentation on time shares at a resort. We were up front in that we told the representative that we were information seeking and knew nothing about time shares.
The representative told us all about the others and how they were different. We listened and at the end, we told him we weren't interested.
He slumped in his chair and called his manager over with the woeful news, "I'm shocked. They aren't going to become owners with us."
His attitude really kind of stunned me and I called him out on it. When I told his manager and him that we were information seeking and maybe we should have been more forceful at the beginning, their response was, "That's what they all say."
I know that this kind of stuff is a racket. There were some cool elements of what they had to offer, but there was more than enough to make Jack and I realize very early on in the presentation that this was not for us. There were too many unanswered questions and ploys to wear people down.
I think what bothered me the most was that they didn't buy into or appreciate our honesty. But that's okay, I would rather be honest than regretful.
The absolute best part was that we left knowing we were honest from the get go...I can't say the same for them.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.