The Hidden Cost of Silent Contracts

The Meltdown Guide

We enter into silent contracts every day.

When we cue up for a latte at the local coffee shop, we are agreeing not to cut in line, and not steal anything, for the privilege of procuring the baristas services and life-giving caffeine concoction. We don’t sign any pieces of paper but there is an implicit agreement – you do right by me, I’ll do right by you. You live up to your side of the bargain, I won’t chase you out of my coffee shop with a broom.

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