I have a minor problem. My demeanor sometimes exudes arrogance. It’s something of a family trait. Plus, when we do something we’re pleased about, we’re proud of it. No humility here.
The problem? It really ticks some people off. Not that I am trying, but it just happens. But I figured out a long time ago that competent people who respect competence (I have a modicum of this trait, enough to get by and get me in trouble), are the ones who heap praise and offer “atta boys” when I do something right. For many others? Well, they either ignore or denigrate.
My point: Ignore the naysayers. Do what you think is right and do it to the best of your ability. (Crow a little if you like; that’s up to you.) But then forget about those who snarl and find fault. In many respects, the more people complain about you, that’s a good sign you’re doing something right. — jri
“I care not what others think of what
I do, but I care very much about what
I think of what I do: That is character.”
– Teddy Roosevelt
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