Two incidents today have made me think about what succeeding in business really means.
A very dear friend who maintains a handful of inspiring blogs has had one of his email addresses hacked and used to spam thousands of people. I assume because this is an established email address it had some value to the hackers but it has put the legitimate owner through a huge amount of distress in sorting the matter out.
If people want to spam, why do they not use their own email addresses? Why can they not leave those who are trying to conduct their business with integrity, alone?
The second incident involved Brian Pearson and his rather excellent Thesis theme for Wordpress. A blog entry appeared, the contents of which revealed a threat to rip off Brian’s work in some kind of black hat scam. It was quite shocking to see this scammer’s plans revealed in such a gloating post. It was, however, encouraging to see how those who patrol the corridors of Twitterland came to Brian’s aid – it was heartening to know that there are still good souls out there.
What is it that makes these bottom dwelling cretins think they have a right to benefit from the labour and toil of others?
Why do these swamp dwelling toe rags not try doing an honest days work for themselves?
What can their lives be like? Where do they find purpose? What is their vision? What do they contribute? How do they sleep at night?
If I cannot succeed in the business world other than by trying to exploit the efforts of others, I’d rather give up now.