Preview: The Positive Influence of Clients from Hell

“If I have seen further than others, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants.”

Isaac Newton

Rigging is a huge art, a hopelessly complex and profound endeavor, encompassing everything from calculus to aesthetic niceties to extremely risky behavior with large, heavy objects. Clearly, I could not have achieed survival, let alone gained some level of competence, without tremendous help from others. I could talk about my rigging teachers and inspirations such as – Clifford Ashley, Jack Dickerhoff, Spike Africa, Nick Benton, Harry Donovan, and others – but upon reflection, I think that my biggest influence as a professional has been The Client From Hell.

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    Chris Finn says:

    I’m reminded of 2 guys who said essentially the same thing: King David, who said, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend”. And Oscar Wilde, “True friends stab you in the front”. It’s hard to call testy clients friends, but they do help us keep our game up, whatever business we’re in. Good article.

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    Lorentz Ottzen says:

    written with wisdom, on a touchy subject. Human relations.

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    Havilah Hawkins says:

    In the schooner business my dad used to say: “We are not in the sailing business, we’re in the people business”. This philosophy worked for us for lot of years.