“You Disgust Me.” Words that changed my business – and my life – forever

by Marie Rodriguez

I’m disgusted by you. You stole all of my ideas, copied my logo and have the exact same business with NO QUALIFICATIONS!”

Those, some of the last words I remember my best friend of 20 years sending to me over text in our last conversation. She blogged about it days later.

Honestly, at that point, I was so tired (life was a bit of a shit-sandwich at the time), the words didn’t even sear the way they were intended to. That didn’t happen until months later when I re-read the exchange.

Weeks before this falling out I had excitedly sent her my new logo – the first sign my new business plans were legit. I was REALLY doing it! YAY ME!!

I had seen her just two months before over brunch. I was in her city for a conference and I had so much to tell her.

I told her I was going through some pretty massive shifts….old friendships were ending, I was elbow-deep in learning about something called “the law of attraction” AND I had just been asked to write a chapter for an anthology by an already published editor. Woot!

We talked for hours and I told her I wanted to start my own business…could she tell me how she started hers? What’s involved? How did you do your logo? – it’s so nice! Your website? How do you find clients? There were so many questions from a very green-to-business me. I knew NOTHING and I wanted to find out the logistics from someone I loved and trusted.

She had been in business for about a year herself doing communications and video production. She was happy for me. Enthusiastic to share what she knew.

Then, only two months later I sent her my logo. I had designed it from a cheap do-it-yourself logo template tool I had found online (because we all start somewhere, right?).

When I did hear back from her, she began by texting me she was upset I “copied her logo”. I was totally perplexed…they were nothing alike.

She went on to annihilate me for copying her business and being a total fraud because she had qualifications and according to her, I did not.

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