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by Marie Forleo

Question: have you ever been stiffed? I sincerely hope the answer to that question is no, but the sad reality is . . .

Nearly all of us have been cheated out of money.

The worst is when you’ve been stiffed by your clients. It can feel downright depressing when you work hard to deliver an outstanding product or a service, and then you get burned.

After all, you were operating on good faith and assumed that your clients would be honorable and honest!

The worst part here is that we have no one to blame but ourselves. (Ouch!)

Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I learned this lesson the hard and expensive way.

I’m a very trusting person with a huge heart, and over the years I’ve been stiffed out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Not to mention all the time and energy I lost beating myself up for being naive or trying to get people to just honor their agreements and pay for what they received.

The good news is that I’ve realized there are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself and keep your energy where it belongs: on delivering value to honest customers, making a difference and enjoying an amazing life.