Money, religion and politics — three subjects that you’re not supposed to discuss, but here are my thoughts when it comes to each.

Money, “the root of all evil” is what they say, right? Here’s what I would do: work hard to make your money, save as much as you can for a rainy day, pay your bills and take care of yourself and your family. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you’re worth. Where’s the evil in that? The evil is when a person obsesses more about making it for themselves and not being fair to others when it comes to paying for good work.

Religion. I don’t care what your beliefs are. I have mine, but won’t judge you for yours. It’s a personal matter, so we don’t need to discuss it openly unless we both agree to it, but I will respect you for your beliefs.

Politics. Yes, everyone seems to have an opinion nowadays. I have mine and you have yours. I may not agree with you, but I’m not going to belittle you or force my political agenda on you. Once again, it’s a personal decision and let’s respect each other for that.

You might be asking what any of this has to do with the flooring trade. I’ve talked and listened to retailers and installers give their viewpoints to consumers and others, and yes, sometimes it can be a good conversation, but other times it can lead to an awkward or sometimes even contentious moment.

When I was younger, I went through Boy Scouts of America and was able to achieve the highest ranking in the program, Eagle Scout. Some of the first things you learn and commit to memory as a Scout are the Scout oath, motto, slogan and law. That brings us back to why we are here: What Namba would do? I still try to live up to those Eagle Scout principles and I think they are principles we can all apply — both men and women — to the way we operate and do business. So let’s leave the religion and politics alone, and concentrate more on doing a professional, upstanding job for our clients.