Normally, when I send out emails to my friends, I get a response within the next two or three days, no matter how busy they are. About nine days ago, I sent an email with a business proposal that talked about the basics of what I needed the money for. I normally don’t ask people for help, unless I am already at my wit’s end and need aid.
I knew that most of the people on my email list wouldn’t be able to invest, but I asked out of respect. The idea behind that respect, is that they were on my mind on the premise I would like to have them be a part of my life in another form. This is on the wavelength that I know most of them wouldn’t be able to invest or isn’t willing to invest. Thus, seeing this on a higher pedestal of awesomeness, I expected them to respectfully decline. Instead, I only received one “No” response from someone I considered one of my closest friends, until six days later.
They should not be embarrassed to just say “No”. I would have immediately said “No” followed by a “Thanks for considering me as a potential angel investor, but…” Maybe I thought too highly of my friends. I know normally, they are awesome people. Most of them have helped me through life and I will never forget that. At the very least, Jon had the decency to respond. Though that is understandable, as according to my previous blog post about distance and the feeling of coldness.
This isn’t about the money. This is about the lack of mutual respect. Maybe I am ‘too’ anal retentive on my principles, but I feel that this is outright plainly disrespectful to ignore my email.
With this said, I know that I will not ask them for anything in the future, even if I am on my death bed. What’s the point? That I have to beg for a simple answer, before anyone would respond? Fuck that shit.