I remember a kid in my high school time. He was small, weak and always got picked on. One day, the bully in my class felt pretty bad-ass and started a fight with the poor kid. I thought “ Jeez, this guy is going to tear the little one apart !”
I have never seen a losing kid fighting so furiously. The little guy was taking all the hits, but boy, was he defending himself – Scratching, screaming, spitting – he had not much firepower to return, but the little he got he used well.
The battle took way longer than I thought. The teacher finally came and interrupted the fight. Officially, the bully had won. But he was bleeding and seemingly shocked about the stormy litte kid. And you know what ? The bully never touched the kid again.
One day I asked him why, since he won the battle by a landslide. You know the what he said ?
“The kid’s not worth the trouble.”
You VS. Them
Last Wednesday, the worst nightmare of a digital entrepreneur happened to me:
My notebook was hot as hell, the fan sounded like a jet turbine and it smelled like burned machinery. Within minutes, I received weird messages from Windows telling me to replace my hard disk. Panic was coming over me, and I quickly backed up all my files. As soon as I finished, the computer died right before my eyes.
I immediately called HP customer service and told them what was happening. They checked my data and said I my guarantee wasn’t valid anymore. That wasn’t true, since I had one more week left, but the service told me that the guarantee starts when the product is produced, and NOT when I buy it at the shop. I said “You are full of shit. That’s not true”
We battled over an hour. I hung up, and called again. I hung up, and called again. For hours.
And then, on my last call:
Listen, I have talked to the consumer union ( for guarding the right of every customer ) and they told me that you are lying. The guarantee starts when I buy the product, not when you produce it in the factory. Things will get pretty nasty if you keep playing this game. And the woman answered:
“Well, if you send us your receipt, I GUESS we can make that work as well”.
I GUESS up my ass. I still had one week of guarantee left, and the HP customer service was trying to get me out. They were trying, but I was annoying them so much, they finally relented. This is what they must have thought:
“The kid’s not worth the trouble”
You VS. Them – 2nd Example
When water was leaking through my ceiling, I called the corporation who owned my flat and told them to fix it. My whole ceiling started to deteriorate, and I had heaps of water dripping down on my bed. The corporation said they will fix it, but they never did it. I kept calling and calling, but I always got the same answer – “We have no money to fix it, please be patient” – which was complete bullshit, because they are the most profitable company in the city.
I said to myself :”Mars, they are trying to screw you. Are you letting that happen ?”
I got help from my mum and learned everything I could about my rights. I kept calling, and calling and annoying the shit out of them. Still no reaction. One day, I made my last call. I said:” Listen, I have joined the tenant union and told them my problem, and they assured me that I will get a kick-ass lawyer to sue you !”
On the next day, 5 craftsmen came and fixed my entire ceiling.
It’s fascinating how fast people react if you mean serious business.
In the bible it says:
“But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
I don’t know what Jesus was smoking when he wrote that. When somebody strikes you, be sure to show him that he will NEVER strike you again.
I don’t believe in evil, but some people always want to try things and see if they can get away with it. The status quo expects you to be a small sheep, not raising your voice even when it’s your right.
Remember the kid in the beginning ? It didn’t matter that he was the David fighting Goliath – he knew his rights and stood up for them. I want you to become that little kid that nobody messes with.
Don’t waste time and energy on vengeance – just stand for your rights and show people that they won’t get away with screwing you.
The world doesn’t need a timid person that takes all the hits because that’s what the others do. The world needs a person who says “No way, it’s my good damn right and I will stand up for it”.
Will you be that kind of person ?
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