His Father’s Business Teeters on the Brink of Failure, So He Makes an Offer that Shakes Their Already Tense Relationship.
In a gripping tale of familial tension and resilience, the Original Poster (OP) is forced into a bitter rivalry with their own father, the fallout from an unforgivable past betrayal. Amidst rising success and worsening familial bonds, the story catapults to a dramatic confrontation between OP and his dad.
OP, at the tender age of 13, experiences a life-changing event: their father abandons their family to start a new life with the next-door neighbor. Though attempts at reconciliation were made, OP harbors a grudge that never completely fades away.
Earn While You Learn
As a teenager and through college, OP worked intermittently in their father’s advanced construction finishing company. They learn the ropes, honing their skills and becoming an expert in custom molding applications. While he earns a living, he unknowingly lays the foundation for his future career path.
Upon graduation, OP’s father proposes he becomes an equal owner of his company, but a new adversary enters the stage: their stepmother. Demanding his own son’s involvement, he insists on a partnership between OP and their stepbrother, a relationship already fraught with tension.
OP’s relationship with their stepbrother is strained, to say the least, and he refuses to work alongside him in his father’s company. Moreover, his stepbrother lacks the necessary skills for such a major role in the company. When his father asks him to compromise, OP decides to carve his own path instead.
Defying his father’s wishes, OP sets up their own competing construction company. Despite his father’s disappointment and the risk of potential business failure, he forges ahead with his plans.
OP’s company begins to garner more appreciation than her father’s company. He expands more than their father ever did, poaching major clients who gradually shift their allegiance to OP’s company. Her skill and dedication gradually tip the scales in her favor.
OP’s success continues to escalate, with her company growing and thriving beyond her initial expectations. He no longer needs to be involved in any manual processes or labor, overseeing operations instead as a corporate entrepreneur. This triumph is, however, bittersweet, considering the strain it puts on their already fragile relationship with their father.
A Father’s Downfall
In a turn of events, their father confesses his business is on the brink of collapse. This revelation triggers feelings of guilt in OP, yet they can’t help but see it as an opportunity. He proposes a solution that serves his interests while throwing a potential lifeline to their struggling father.
The Olive Branch
Seeing his desperate situation, OP offers his father a full-time job in their successful company. Additionally, he expresses interest in buying out his tools and workshop lease. However, he lays down a firm condition: the stepmother and stepbrother must remain completely uninvolved.
Clash of Wills
The conditional offer of help ignites a heated argument between OP and his father. Accusations of betrayal fly from both sides, driving a deeper wedge into their already fractured relationship. The fallout from their heated exchange leaves a lasting impact.
During the argument, OP accuses his father of betraying the family by cheating on their mother. This statement leaves their father speechless as the past and present merge into a painful reality. It marks a turning point in their relationship.
Guilt and Resilience
After the dust settles, OP grapples with feelings of guilt over the role they played in their father’s company’s downfall. He recognizes his success came at the cost of his father’s struggles. Yet, they are also resolute in their belief that their father’s actions forced them into this position.
OP’s stern decision to keep their stepmother and stepbrother away from their company deepens the rift within the family. This leaves OP somewhat isolated, with a strained relationship not only with their father but also with their stepmother and stepbrother.
Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?
The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “This is how it works with competing businesses whether you’re family or not. Plus, if your father chose his family over you, then you have no obligation to choose them over yourself.”
Another responder wrote: “Opening a competitor business is one thing, but targeting his major clients, which you knew were his, is the worst you could have done.”
A different person states, “So you learned the ins and outs of the business from your dad, then started a direct competitor to his business, specifically targeted his largest clients, and then tried to be the better guy by offering him a job working for you with stipulations?”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by this thread.
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