The offer struck me as ludicrous, insulting. They had me over a barrel and they knew it. I wanted to laugh, throw it back in their faces. I wanted to say ‘How dare you? Is this how little you value me? Well you’ve made a big mistake!’ Then I would turn slowly, leave, and never look back.
I looked them each in the eyes. They showed no hint of sheepishness; they had no qualms about how they were presenting their offer. This was my only chance, their best offering, our last stand. It was a true take it or leave it moment.
What could I do? Saying no was inconceivable. Everything had led to this. I knew this was a possibility when I took the first step and challenged them. I just didn’t expect to lose.