Stealing “Respect” and Other People’s Ideas

During the past twenty years, after the idea of using respect as a tool to create positive change, came to me during a night of deep despair, sometimes referred to as a “dark night of the soul, “I have shared the core concept with others, though over time I had given the idea different names.

At one point in the  past ten years, I had even registered a non-profit organization with the precursor name, but dissolved the corporation when met with the challenges of trying to raise funds in the very competitive world of securing backing for good causes.

Yet with the development of the multiple books, products, and services for the registered sole proprietorship that will only become a partnership, not a corporation (for or non-profit), the decision was made that the company will retain all the intellectual property rights in order to keep the organization focused on profit-making, not as a means to an end to satisfy shareholders, but as a means to do the good work that inspired and created the organization in the first place. (Lessons learned from Steve Jobs and many other innovators and creators who needed time to learn how to run their companies as well as being the innovators and creators.)

And over time, I have seen people try to take advantage of the years of work I have put into the concept. One woman I admired for her achievements once asked me, “What if someone steals your idea?” and my response was, if they tried to steal the idea then they certainly can’t prove in a court of law they know what the concept is all about … because people with respect for other people and their work, don’t steal their ideas and work.

Yet, I have also recently discovered in my Bible studies that when God has given a job to someone, He will protect the person and the work and will deal with those who seek to do harm, whether intentionally or through a lack of understanding that stealing is not just about taking things from people, but about taking anything that does not originate or is not owned by them, in His way and in His choice of timing … so my job is just to stay focused, aware, and then forgive before I can move on.

On that note, thanks to all who have expressed interest … community futures development corporations, consultants, advisors and the many others … in Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle’s core concept, books, products, services, and the business plan. Your enthusiasm has added fuel to the fire I need to keep moving forward. I look forward to bringing the team on board, including a business partner and perhaps an investor for a small percentage of ownership until the investment is repaid at above premium rates, though, of course, I leave the how and when to God and I just keep plugging along.

Best wishes to you and your own endeavours, keeping in mind that the heart needs to be the driving force behind the money or the money will destroy any potential good the money and people can add to an endeavour.

Respectfully,

Kaitlin Ann Trepanier

ENTREPRENEUR   PRESIDENT   FOUNDER   SPEAKER   AUTHOR   KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle … the for-profit social business venture raising Respect Levels with original entertaining, educational, and inspirational books, products, and services. ©All Rights Reserved 2015

June 20, 2017

P.S. Stealing will be talked about more in an upcoming book because I know from experience and study that people often don’t even realize they are stealing if they are taking things, but stealing is taking from someone what is not ours, whether that thing is an object such as food, money, etc. but also innocence, time, wages, fair work week, etc.

For instance, with me, as a child, sexual abuse and assault in grade and middle school, along with other things, stole my childhood and innocence way before legal to do so. By my teen years,  I had grown accustomed to stealing myself … because it is what adults taught me to do by their actions. If I wanted something I could just take it like they did. Then when I was old enough I rationalized I had the right to get back at people who were taking advantage of me … not paying fair wages for equal work, sexual harassment in the workplace, relationships where people took much more than they gave … so I did take from them, such as taking care of personal stuff on business time or in other ways I could find.

But since then, I have consciously made the effort to be honest in all ways … regardless of what other people are doing to me or others and regardless of how hard it is or what others they may think I’m doing, such as retail management, who erroneously believe that all shoppers with backpacks are thieves. Not everyone has a car nor does everyone want to load up a grocery cart every week with stuff they don’t want, such as processed food that isn’t real food, when perishables need to be bought every three to four days for optimal freshness and health. Like all things, our beliefs are a matter of our of perspective … and sometimes our perspectives are out of whack with reality.

Of course, since then, I have still made a few not-so-great choices, even bad ones, mostly under great duress as a result of astonishment of other people’s actions or lack of actions, when greatly needed.

Yet, I am sorry for my bad choices, regardless of how I justified my actions.

Gratefully, God has taught me to forgive all others as I have been forgiven by Him, so I have, and now I do my best to live gratefully … not begrudgingly or retalitorily … and do the best with what I have because utlimately, the choice to act according to our beliefs is ours to make and in our world, the easiest thing to do is what is not right  … because many others do it and they want our choices to reflect theirs so they don’t feel bad about their choices … but we are so much more than what we were.

I know I am.

And I know you are too.

June 20, 2017

Kaitlin Ann Trepanier

ENTREPRENEUR   PRESIDENT   FOUNDER   SPEAKER   AUTHOR   KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle … the for-profit social business venture raising Respect Levels with original entertaining, educational, and inspirational books, products, and services. ©All Rights Reserved 2015

 

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