An investigator from Texas emailed last week me and asked me about what what she should charge an attorney client for a new line of work that she is getting in to.
Pretty bold if you ask me, especially considering I have never met or heard of the person. I can’t really think of any situation where I would reach out to someone up out of the blue and ask them what they charge.
Needless to say, I put together what I thought was a nice response with a link to some materials, including our fees posted on our website to help her out.
I never heard back from her.
Not even a peep.
I didn’t even really notice until I realized that she she spent half of the following day on my website (the power of technology), so she must have found something helpful!
Stop asking Picaso (sic) how to paint!
Last week, I was trying to track down an important witness. An investigator had spent some time tracking the person down, but was hitting dead end after dead end.
I asked another friend and investigator that I often use as a sub-contractor to have a crack at it. Within 30 minutes, he had found him. I was thrilled, but when I asked, “How did you find him?”, he told me “Stop asking Picaso (sic) how to paint!”
[Previously, when I asked him something similar he told me, “Does Fred Wilpon ask (R.A.) Dickey how to throw the knuckleball?” a poor reference to his beloved New York Mets.]
First, he should learn how to spell Picasso. And even an off-the-cuff reference comparing a private investigators access to some database to a what many consider one of the greatest artists of all-time is comical at best.
He’s a friend, so I take the ribbing with a grain of salt, but there is a pervasive nature in business to hoard “secrets.” I guess they would lose their “edge.”
The more you give, the more you get.
You know the types. Friends, co-workers or even family members. People who give and give and expect nothing back and those who take and take (and then take more) and expect something in return.
We all know the proverb “the more you give, the more you get.” I’m not getting philosophical on you here; there is some real data that backs it up. Givers earn more sales revenue, higher salaries and once they reach executive positions, stay there longer.
I don’t think it’s an accident.
I admit that some of these recent experiences have jaded me a bit.
When my “friend” can’t tell me how he found someone, or when I take time out of my day to help a fellow investigator without a simple “thanks” in return, it makes you question things.
I know that I have been fortunate throughout my career to receive help from many incredibly talented people. I truly enjoy giving back and passing on what I have learned where I can. This is how we grow, as investigators and human beings.
But I guess not everyone else feels the same way.