The Parisian Arc De Triomphe is called what it is for a reason. It is not called the Arc De Participation.
The next time you find yourself asking, “Should I do this or that?” ask a different question: “How can I do both?”
There are many unpleasant and obnoxious human conditions, but one of the absolute worst is to have no sense of humor.
If you’re seen as an expert, then you set the terms of how you work with people. Once you compromise, contort, and concede, you’ve become another hired hand. Never surrender the high ground.
People who start most sentences with “but” are the monkey wrenches in the gears of life. I tell them assertively, “Stop starting sentences with but’!” That eviscerates them linguistically.
If you’re threatened by bright people, you’ll never learn from them.
Here’s the odd thing about craving “humility”: If you think you don’t have to blow your own horn, and people will simply magically hear about you and come to you, isn’t that the height of arrogance?
People at work at happy and productive when they are doing something they’re good at, enjoy, and are recognized for their contribution. It’s that simple. So is consulting.
Do you want to suffer through the relatively brief hard work it takes to be excellent, or would you rather endure the long-term suffering of being mediocre?
Just because something is constantly repeated doesn’t make it true.