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Late Is Not Fashionable

by Adam Zack — September 6, 2017

He’s always late

Man I hate being late. I type that, as I am late in writing this week’s blog. DW’s gentle inquiry “How’s the old blog coming?” spurs some action, but it’s still late and, well, late is not cool. Or fashionable. I hate it when others are late. It’s disrespectful. It’s rude. It wastes time. And it shortens my already shortened version of patience. So why do so many people make an unapologetic habit of being late? Every Tuesday I carpool with this dude that is NEVER late. Well, except the time he forgot me and he was so early that by the time I texted him and asked if he was still coming to pick me up, he was halfway to San Diego. I (and most sane people) love the dependability of those persons in our life that are always on time. That person who arrives promptly (or a few minutes early) brings comfort and confidence to a normally chaotic day. Punctuality in business is vital to making deals, because when you’re late you’ve already disrespected someone’s time. And still I know many people who are always late. They know it, laugh it off, and it just gets added to the sum of their personality traits. How many times have you heard “He’s always late, but I respect the hell out of him!”? How about never. Break it down further (and maybe to harshly); being late for no good reason is the same as a lie. You told me you’d be there at 7:00, and you showed up at 7:25. Man, can’t I even count on you to keep your word? OK, this rant has gone on long enough. Point is, those perpetually tardy people need to be called out every once in a while. The respect (and looks of surprise) they’ll get when they start showing up on time is worth the effort. Gotta go. I have a client meeting at 4:00 and am always 5 minutes early for client meetings. Now if I can just get the weekly blog when my calendar reminder chimes on my phone.

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