Rule 509

The most powerful person in any negotiation is the one who is willing to walk away.

Never undervalue your skills or yourself because of guilt, or pride, or a need for validation. Walk away. Just walk away.

Rule 504

It’s Friday, just after two a.m. You have been sitting at this emergency room appointment for hours, but the Client has been asleep and you have not interpreted for more than five minutes the whole time. You get paid a differential for weekend work, plus one for night work and another for emergency work. Are you having a good day or a bad day?