Stale Cigars and Air Freshener | Career Angles

My wife is very sensitive to smells. She was visiting her son and riding in his car, paused for a moment and asked, “Did Austin smoke cigars in the car?”


As she told me the story, she finished by saying, “there is nothing worse than a bad smell that someone tries to cover up with air freshener. Both are disgusting and then you combine them and it’s 10 times worse.”

I know there have been times I’ve tried to do that, covering up a problem and making it worse. Simple things and actions can avoid annoyances, conflict and problems.

Had just told his friend not to smoke a cigar in his car, he wouldn’t have needed the air freshener to cover up the smell and make it worse.

Air freshener only makes a putrid attempt to cover up a bad smell. It winds up with a chemical aroma in the air that combines with the other bad smell.

Why settle for putrid? Why put yourself in the position of covering something up that can be avoided?


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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