Leadership + Influence

When Others Dismiss You

Some people will be threatened by your ambition.

Some people will be threatened by your work ethic.

Some people will be threatened by your talent.

Some people will be threatened by your personality.

Some people will be threatened by your intelligence. 

Some people will gossip to anyone who will listen that you’re irrelevant as a way to protect themselves from being seen as irrelevant. 

Some people will try to define you by work you did ten years ago as a way to dismiss your creative growth. 

And, in the short term, their tactics may work. People may listen to and believe them. In the long term though, their actions to dismiss you will backfire. People will see your work speak for itself. 

Keep pursuing your goals.
Keep showing up.
Keep innovating.
Keep developing your creative muscle. 

If the work you do makes life more enjoyable or easier to navigate, then the work you do makes the world a better place. 

Ignore the noise. We need you.
 


Originally published March 2016

Assuming the Worst

One of the biggest mistakes people make in business is writing someone off because of one aspect about that person that they may not like. This often leads to soured relationships and underestimating the competition.

We're all human and we're all flawed in one way or another. You don't have to agree with someone 100% of the time, but disagreeing with them doesn't automatically make them a bad person or a terrible company.

Be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Assuming that one flaw or difference in opinion defines the whole is a dangerous practice in both business and life.
 


Originally published May 2010

Moving Forward In a Better Way


If you can’t or won't see the world the way it actually is — both good and evil, both fair and unjust, full of both joy and sorrow — then you can’t move forward in a way that makes it better.

If you can’t or won't dream big enough to see the world in a way it could be, then you'll move forward in bitterness, wondering why nothing ever changes.

If you choose to only view the world in a way that confirms your own biases and comfort zones, you’ll reach the end of your life with years full of movement, but that movement will be akin to having run on a hamster wheel for a lifetime. It's movement, sure, but not movement that ultimately made a difference.

Hope isn't a pollyanna and it doesn't ignore reality. Instead it says, "This is how things are right now but we're going to try a better way."

How you choose to see determines how — and where — you move.


Originally published February 2015