PA Lessons for Life: Don’t always want to be right
You may win the battle but lose the war. Egos can be very destructive. I have seen it ruin careers, and I do mean ruin. I can think of a dozen very talented people who can’t stay out of trouble because of their ego. It even happens to celebrities, and I don’t think I need to even list the names because you know who they are.
Some people would rather argue their point to the death then make the right decision. Do you ever catch yourself doing that? Remember what we talked about and think it through.
I once had a very difficult manager to work with. We couldn’t see eye to eye on any issue. No matter how much we talked, this person just wanted to be right and be “the boss.” It took everything in my power as a human being not to freak out. But I made it a point not to rock the boat. I tried to make it work. Remember, if you are too quick to run to someone else’s boss then it says much about you.
Don’t go throwing someone else under the bus before you exhaust all the options because the first thing the upper management will ask themselves is: why couldn’t this person solve the problem? Your bosses just might think twice about promoting you if you’re unable to solve problems on your own. Take a deep breath and know what your involvement in the situation is.
Every person on this green earth always insists they are not in the wrong. Amazing how some people are NEVER in the wrong but their name keeps going through Human Resources – and I don’t mean for “Employee of the Month.” Wrong place, wrong time you say. Is it a coincidence that your “wrong place, wrong time” excuse has landed you in trouble four times this month? As a famous rapper once said, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself.”
We are always going to make choices that aren’t the best. The only thing we can do is make a habit of making educated, unemotional decisions. The choices we make are the only thing that separates us from one person to the next. I don’t want to oversimplify it, but that’s it in a nutshell. The decision to get in your car after drinking. The decision about whether or not to drink at all. The decision to come to work on time. The decision to even work at all. So let’s make sure we surround ourselves with the right people.
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