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Never help someone out based on their talent.

I’m going to be vague here, so I don’t step on any toes, but just wanted to post a quick lesson I learned. A couple years back, I helped out a fellow designer in their hunt for a job. I had seen this designer’s work and was very impressed. We emailed a few times and long story short, this person was hooked up with an interview at a great startup due to some emailing and phone calls between some buddies and I. This person got a nice, cushy job because of it.

Then this kid blows up online in popularity, which is very cool – but after a bit, the “real” person started to seep out. Ego. Huge amounts of it that I then realized were trouble.

Needless to say, this person was “let go” of the job they got, due to this reason. Nice. Great reflection on my friends and I for helping out.

So now (even though the company in question is run by an ego-nightmare), this could look bad on me. Luckily though, that didn’t happen, and this kid went on to secure another great job, and again was fired.

So the moral of this story – don’t help anyone out based solely on talent or skill. Make sure you know them thoroughly before giving a hand.

2 Responses to “Never help someone out based on their talent.”

  1. Dude, the public wants names!

    :)


  2. Edwina Davis Says:
    January 4th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Evan,
    You are right. The same thing happened here . .. hired a dude – great talent – worked great for about a year. Then, his true colors began to show . . . Ego. Thought he was too good to do the other work around here – you know what other stuff I mean. Well, it took three years (gov job) and me nearly going crazy . . he finally quit! Hey, dudes with Ego … great to have it ….. not too great to shove it up everybody elses’ #*!$$’s. Ego will overpower any great talent you have and you’ll wind up on your own.
    Ego needs an audience . …


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