Thursday, May 04, 2006

Watch out for those who climb on your face

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great."
- Mark Twain

For many of us, convincing ourselves that our ideas and our efforts are worthy when someone else says that they are a waste of time is one of the hardest things we can do.

Confident, competent, skilled and knowledgeable people do not belittle the thoughts or efforts of others. They remember that they were once in the position of the new learner. They are more apt to be helpful and offer to assist someone else than to ignore, avoid or insult them.

Only insecure people, those who doubt not only the security of their position, but also their ability to do the job well, will harm others who want to learn.

You have heard of people who climb over others to get to the top. These are people worth avoiding. They are destructive all along the way.

What's more, they don't know what to do with themselves once they reach the top. They often turn to addictions and excesses. They only worked obsessively to get there because they believed what they had been taught, that the top of the heap was the place to be.

You can be the best at something. It's up to you what that is. It's also up to you whether you reach that goal.

It's never up to the other guy. They would rather you not get where they can't be.

Bill Allin
'Turning it Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help you up the next step.
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