It’s OK to say No to a Friend!

by Fred von Graf on July 2, 2010

Someday I should learn not to help some friends out!  I was volunteering my time to a friends pet project and now he’s freaking out because his unrealistic and non-communicated expectations are not being met.  I offered to either give my time toward his project and it would be completed in a few weeks or bring in some ninjas at my cost and have it done in a few days.  I explained this to him before starting but he must have just blocked this portion out because he didn’t want to hear it.  Now I’m somehow extorting him because he wants it done in a few days for free…

There’s a very good reason to document expectations with clients but I didn’t realize I needed to do that with friends.  I’m guessing he’ll eventually take a breath, chill out and realize that I’m donating my time and appreciate that I’m offering to help him.  Frustrating…

Photo by: Horia Varlan

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