Arun- Great questions. Here’s how I see it: Be who you are and live with a generous heart. If people are going to take advantage of that, despite how frustrating it might be, just let it be. I know of enough stories where leaders who chose to live that way have told me that the people who took advantage of them ended up apologizing to them later. It’s difficult to live that way but I’d rather treat everyone with respect, first. It’s very tough to differentiate up front. You need time to get to know people. I’m not in the business of continuing to help those who take advantage of me or try hurting me. But I always lead with kindness, empathy and putting others first.

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