Avoid the “Takers” – those people who steal your time and energy


Greedy Baby TreesonWhen you see them, do you avoid the “Takers” – those people who steal your time and energy?

We’ve all encountered these type of people at sometime or another – perhaps without even knowing it. They can sometimes be hard to spot.

  • The person who sells you on a wonderful business opportunity – but behind the scenes manipulates the situation to their advantage.
  • The individual who is seemingly friendly or helpful when they want something, but who never seems contactable when you need their help.
  • The prospect who wants to ask question after question, but is never prepared to pay for your time.
  • The client who wants an instant response when he has a problem, but avoids your calls when their bill is overdue.

The “Takers” are the people who want to take advantage of us and deceive us.

A Transparent World

Thankfully, as Ma Tubb would say, “The Truth Will Out”. Given the transparent world we now live in, these “Takers” find it more difficult to survive. It’s difficult to not reveal your true self on Social Media. Burnt bridges are spotted from miles away by many people. Word (both positive and negative) spreads much more easily in the Digital Age. Despite this though, these “Takers” are something we all still have to deal with.

It’s easy to become jaded. To think the world is out to get you. That’s simply not true. 9/10 people you will meet are open, honest and genuine. Don’t let the “Takers” – the 1/10 of people you meet – sour you on going into other business relationships with a positive attitude. Treat new relationships with trust and you’ll be rewarded.

Move away from the Takers

But do learn from your mistakes. When you spot a “Taker” – move away from them. Quickly. Don’t waste time or energy thinking about them or dealing with them.

Don’t try to convert them into good people. Don’t give them multiple chances. If you spend time with the “takers”, you’ll lose energy and enthusiasm, you’ll start to become jaded and you’ll become suspicious of and radiate negativity to others around you – even if you’re not aware of the fact that you’re doing so.


The world is full of people who you can trust, who you draw energy from being around and who make you happy. Seek them out. Spend time with them.

You become like the people you spend time with. Be they friends, colleagues, business associates, suppliers or clients.

Make sure you’re spending time around the right people and feel the benefits of doing so.


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