There’s an old story about a snake and a saw.

Nobody seems clear about the origin of the tale, but it carries a message we all need to hear.

Long ago, a snake found himself slithering into an area where some carpentry work was being done.

Looking around as he moved, the snake suddenly found himself in pain – he’d unwittingly moved over a handsaw and it had ‘bitten’ him.

Angry at being ‘attacked’, the snake swiftly swung back and bit his assailant.

Of course, this created even greater pain and the snake’s first and only thought was revenge.

Determined to come out on top, the snake coiled himself around the blade and began to constrict.

The more waves of pain came, the more the snake dug in, squeezing harder and tighter. Nobody was going to treat him so poorly and get away with it!

Of course, the snake’s fate was sealed from the start. You might say he came in peace and ended up in pieces.

In my work as a coach and consultant, I frequently come across people setting up ‘revenge’ businesses.

Maybe they’ve been sacked, or made redundant, or perhaps they’ve left a horrible boss. Whatever the reason, the juice driving them to succeed does not come from a good place.

Revenge, anger, hatred, resentment CAN all be powerful drivers, but they are not a good basis for a clean business with good intentions.

Rarely have I ever seen a happy future being created from a bad seed.

Please, don’t be the snake. If you’re wanting to start your own business, or a new initiative of any kind, even if your initial thoughts are to right a wrong, find a way to switch your intentions into positive ones.

To come full circle and end on another old saying: you’ll always catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

Taz X