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Ending a relationship well

I was listening to a podcast the other day by Scott Galloway whose book, “The Four” I previously referred to in this blog.  He made a very important point and that is the way you are generally remembered is how you end a relationship.  It does not matter if everything went fantastically for 20 years if in the last 2 weeks it ends acrimoniously and in a nasty way. 

This applies not just to one’s intimate relationships and relationships with family, but he was actually talking about it in the context of a company.  He said it is so important to make sure, in those last few days at a company, that one can build a fantastic reputation or brand name and damage it in a week or two simply by ending a relationship badly.  It is as important as the efforts you put into the beginning of a relationship to put the same effort into the end of the relationship. 

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Patrick Sedutla  said:
on Friday 02-Jul-21 03:51 PM
It is extremely important to always think about tomorrow. You might ruin a relationship today and the new one does not work and your only option is to go back to your previous one. if you messed up it will be very hard to go back and boom you are doomed.

Tersia  said:
on Friday 04-Jun-21 09:18 AM
I 100% agree with this. I was always taught do not burn your bridges, you might never know where in future you might need someone again from your past.

Jolene   said:
on Friday 04-Jun-21 08:49 AM
Very good advice, you never know what the future holds. Don’t burn your bridges.

Prishani  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 11:48 AM
I completely agree with this, it's important that when you end any form of relationship you should always leave on good terms and you should at the very least be able to greet the other person in the event that you bump into them at a grocery store or even at court!

Michelle D  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 11:12 AM
I couldn't agree more. Even if an experience is bad it will still teach you invaluable lessons and you will grow as an individual. Rather view everything in life as an opportunity to learn.

Sune  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:39 AM
This is so true, there is no need to end things on a bad note.

Ashleigh De Villiers  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:37 AM
Leaving on good terms is always better. Less guilt, less drama and less complications in future. People should have less attitude on the phrase of an eye for an eye and actually turn the other cheek to feel good and be the better person.

sandra  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:33 AM
This is true. It shows your true character at the end of the day and spares you the drama that might occur with it

Kathryn  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:30 AM
I believe in living a life with no regrets. A person's decisions and behaviour should not be based on present heightened emotions, if anyone takes a moment to compose themselves and logically process the situation they will be less likely to end a relationship badly.

sarah  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:27 AM
I fully agree, try end a relationshop in a good way and postive way. You never know what the futires holds and with a work relationship , you just might need a good reference .

Dasanya  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 09:54 AM
I agree that it is never a good thing to end relationships, especially professional relationships, on a bad note. As the saying goes, you must never burn bridges as you never know when you will need to cross back over.

Sinead  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 09:00 AM
I completely agree! You never want to end a work relationship on bad terms. The employer will forever remember you for that, and forget about how well you worked. Also, if you can do it to one and the ex-employer is called for a reference, best believe it will be mentioned to your new employer...
The same applies to family and friends...

Luchell  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 08:41 AM
we could remember that the way you end anything will be the exact same way you walk into another thing in life, rather keep it on the good and positive side.

Brumilde  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 08:09 AM
I always tried to end on a friendly note, but each situation differs, this applies to allot of things in life. Things do spin out of control but I get what the guy is saying

Zindy Kruger  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 07:52 AM
I do agree, If you are using a company for a reference rather leave on a good note rather burn your bridges, it may come bite you in the future.

Daniella  said:
on Wednesday 26-May-21 10:29 AM
I fully agree with this blog - ending a relationship really doesn't need to be an ugly thing. Consistency is key give the relationship the same respect and care you did in begin.

Kayla  said:
on Wednesday 26-May-21 08:43 AM
I agree with this 100%. You can never guarantee tomorrow and you dont know what tomorrow brings. Leave the relationship on a note that you have peace in your heart that you wont have regrets later.

Shristi   said:
on Tuesday 25-May-21 05:28 PM
Absolutely agree 100%. Ending relationships on a good note irrespective of whether it be work or professional is so important. You never know what the future holds and maybe one day you need to revisit that relationship so rather end on a good note.

Alexis  said:
on Monday 24-May-21 04:47 PM
Regardless of what issues there may have been, it is always good to end off on a good note. It is not always easy depending on the person you are dealing with and their attitude towards things, but then again, that will be their issue and not yours in the end

thembi  said:
on Monday 24-May-21 04:22 PM
I agree .There is no need to end thing on bad terms

Henrietta  said:
on Monday 17-May-21 09:21 AM
I 100% agree with this blog, you shouldn't burn bridges unless you really really sure that you don't want anything to do with the place or person you ending a relationship with. Bad blood always last and funny enough you'll always be remembered by the bang you went out with. But the saying is true, never burn bridges cause you'll never know when you might cross it again.

Brenda Strydom  said:
on Monday 17-May-21 08:04 AM
I agree with this 100%.The best way is to end it on good terms.

fikile  said:
on Friday 14-May-21 10:51 AM
I agree with the blog but also we need to remember that the relationship can start of well and it all ends in tears because sometimes it does and most people never take it up to consideration that other things are not your fault and yet it still ends bad. As a person you need to learn how to play nice with other kids and the relationship will end well

Claudia B  said:
on Friday 14-May-21 10:39 AM
I definitely agree with this blog on ending a relationship well, that is so important, especially at a work place.

Angelique Jurgens  said:
on Friday 14-May-21 09:37 AM
You never leave a job on bad terms - there is nothing more unprofessional. Regardless of what transpires at one point you served your employer and he/she served you. It is so important to do so professionally and gracefully. No one wants a gap in their CV and I always believe that from experience of others, you may go knocking on your ex bosses door for a job so you really want to leave nicely. In law the industry also is quite small so you don't want to be known as the person who burnt their bridges.

Franzelle Ekron  said:
on Friday 14-May-21 08:44 AM
I agree .There is no need to end thing on bad terms.

Chante  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 08:55 AM
This is absolutely true. Ending relationships (all kinds) could negatively impact you and the person/business.

Nikita  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 08:47 AM
I strongly believe in "it's not what you know but who you know" so it is important to never burn bridges. If you want to be remembered as a professional you must leave professionally.

Helen  said:
on Wednesday 12-May-21 08:45 AM
I think this is very wise advise to all, to stay professional right till the end of the relationship. Burning bridges is an all-around bad look no matter what stage of your career you're at.
Professionalism will never go out of style.

Nicolene Rich  said:
on Tuesday 11-May-21 11:30 AM
I agree 100%. It's always good to end a relationship in a good way, never close a door behind you, because you might need the help again.

Melissa  said:
on Monday 10-May-21 03:19 PM
I agree, a person should always end relationships on a good term, treat people the way you want to be treated and remembered

Ziyanda  said:
on Monday 10-May-21 01:33 PM
I agree 100% one should always try to end things on good terms regardless of how it ended.

Danielle  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 04:55 PM
Ending any relationship on a good note is always the best thing to do. This allows to know there is always a second chance one day when you cross paths again.

Megan  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 03:11 PM
Indeed, it is very important to put in the same good efforts as you did in the beginning right through to the end of your relationship, which ever relationship it may be.

Victoria  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 02:12 PM
I agree it is best to end a relationship on good terms, everyone wants a good reputation whether it is in a intimate relationship or a relationship with your company so rather end on good terms.

Roxanne  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 01:15 PM
I agree with this 100%. There is no need to end thing on bad terms, you never know when your paths may cross again

Michelle B  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 11:40 AM
So true. It is just not worth ruining relationships by ending things badly.

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 11:11 AM
Agreed, no need to end any relationship with hard feelings

Jessica  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 10:47 AM
I have to agree with this. I mean even if you die you would want people to remember the good you did or the good person you were to others. So never end things on a bad note.

Lucretia  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 09:01 AM
I am in full agreement with this article. I have always been one who has lived by, "never burn your bridges", you never know what the future holds and you never know in what capacity you will meet those people again. If something ends, always remember there was a beginning and a middle regardless of how long the encounter was.

Sune  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 08:57 AM
I agree, it's better to part ways in a civil manner.

Clare  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 08:54 AM
This is true, you should never leave a company or any place with bad blood, I am sure that as I am currently named ClareBear in this office and even some clients call me ClareBear, I guess that I will always remain ClareBear even when I am gone.

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Friday 07-May-21 08:37 AM
Never wise to burn bridges. Ending a relationship on a good note is more beneficial than ending it horribly

Lauren  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 08:35 AM
I agree. It's definitely important to end all relationships on good terms. one should never burn a bridge.

david  said:
on Friday 07-May-21 07:09 AM
agree 100%.
Oscar Pistorius.
I'm sure he thinks about it all the time...

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