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Do Nice Guys Finish Last… When it comes to Business?

Posted on 12 Apr 2009 | Author Stefanie | Comments 2 comments | Tags

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Do Nice Guys Finish Last… When it comes to Business? I talk about the term I coined called the Next Evolution in Business, which essentially means that instead of trying to crush your competition, you actually work WITH them!  It is where the future of business is headed.

You probably feel similarly, but sometimes doubt can come up – for example, is it true that the nice guys finish last? Is it only the selfish people that earn top dollar or can the person with heart and there to serve others also be rewarded financially?

There are ebbs and flows with every business, so if that seems to be the case and you’re feeling a little bit down, hopefully this story can offer you some encouragement!

I have been really close friends with a certain Hollywood producer for about 20 years or so.  I used to work in television – where this whole “Nice guys finish last”  attitude was VERY prevalent – and I did not enjoy it! (in fact it’s one of the biggest reasons that I decided to leave that business!)

At any rate, about 5 or 6 years ago I was at a small house party with this producer in Hollywood, and that’s where I met Eric Mabius (the guy that plays fashion editor Daniel Meade on the show Ugly Betty).

He hadn’t gotten the part in Ugly Betty yet – he was just a regular guy at a party with his wife (Ivy Sherman).

We spent practically the whole night chatting, laughing, sharing stories.  He and his wife (then girlfriend) were so much fun and down to earth – it was a pleasure to be in their company! And unlike many of the other “Hollywood types” at the party they related to me well as I didn’t treat them any differently than if they grew up on my block back home.  So we stuck together.

These were so not the ‘typical’ Hollywood folks – Ivy was an incredible artist and showed some of her work – she was talking about starting a business painting murals for children’s rooms – all in all it was just great to chat with this super nice couple!

So while we were talking I started to fix some drinks (as I was the hostess for the party) and then Eric said that one of the drinks he really liked was a Mojito. I had never heard of this drink before, and he was shocked!  His response was, “This cannot continue!” (it was really funny).

Next thing I knew, he grabbed my hand and pulled me outside.  Eric actually jumped the fence to the neighbors backyard to pick some wild mint that was growing there.  Continue Reading

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