I had a mix up with a podcast I was going to appear on. We had the days scheduled wrong for when we were going to meet up. And this got me thinking about something. I value punctuality.
Now I know things come up that need to be addressed and when people let me know that they will not be able to make it I understand. I reschedule and fill the time with something else. But when I am not informed of a change in plans and am left to sit there and stew I get irritated.
The easiest way to get to crap tier in my opinion is to blow off an engagement/meeting and/or be unreasonably late. It indicates a lack of respect for those you leave hanging. It also wastes valuable time. Wasting a small business owner’s time or a freelancer’s time is one of the worst things you can do because they have a limited amount of time to do things because they don’t have a large infrastructure. and they set time aside to interact with you. The same holds true for larger businesses as well.
Blowing off an interview indicates that you do not respect the interviewer or interviewee, and this is a good indicator that they should not be interacted with. A lot of business comes off of respect and trust. Not showing up when you will say you will destroys trust and makes you untrustworthy. Once trust is destroyed, lost or damaged it is unbelievably hard to get back.
Trust is a very rare commodity in the business world because it is so cut throat at times. So people have a very valuable asset at their disposal and if they squander it they are the ones to blame for their failure because of their poor choices.
Once you begin to be viewed as untrustworthy or disrespectful you will begin to be shunned or to be attracted to people who value these traits. People who value these traits are more likely to betray you or leave you holding the bag if something goes wrong.
If you are viewed as untrustworthy or disrespectful you become a scapegoat to others and that becomes your only use.
You want to avoid this in your business because one of the basic parts of good business is integrity. So practicing punctuality is a good way of building up trust and respect so your reputation grows positively.
I was raised with this as guiding principle, be on time or early to assist should you need to or leave for an appointment early to take into account problems with travel. This is one of the reasons why I’m a member of the Cult of Punctuality.
Think about it.
The Irreverent Gentleman