The end of the year is a time for reflection. It might seem silly, but I don’t make the rules.
I was thinking about sending an invite to somebody recently. And I almost didn’t because it was just easier to say “nevermind.”
There are a million ways to talk yourself into why somebody doesn’t want an invite. “Ahh they’ll probably say no anyway. I don’t want to bother them.” Not sending an invite protects your ego from rejection. These are normal instincts.
But it’s better to offer an invitation and have the person say no than to not offer one and damage a relationship. If you’re willing to get hurt to not hurt somebody else, good things will come to you in life.
This is not universal advice. If you’re on the fence about sending an invite, there’s probably a good reason. But if the person in mind is someone you care about, the decision is easy. Send it.
I did send the invite and the person was so thankful. Okay, the second part of that sentence is a lie. I’m still waiting to hear back from them. But either way, I’m glad I sent it.
Michael Batnick is a managing partner at Ritholtz Wealth Management. He is the co-host of Animal Spirits, What Are Your Thoughts, and The Compound and Friends. For disclosure information please see here.