“I’m going to take the high road because the low road is so crowded.”
– Mia Farrow
It is so, so tempting to “fight fire with fire,” to throw back at others the “bricks” they throw at you. I’ll admit it: I share temptations to “honk when I am honked at.” Even worse, I have been stupid after others have been stupid at me. Looking back, though, each time I joined others on the “low road” I later regretted it, and each time I continued my path on the “high road,” my outcomes were better, longer lasting, and more satisfying. Maintaining your true self, the respect, credibility and trust of others – and your self-respect – is always in your very best interests, even though it doesn’t feel that way at the moment. Taking the “low road” is just too great a cost, at too little reward, in both the short term and long term. And everything I note above is doubly true and doubly important at work, where just raising your voice, or using a harsh word, can now get you fired for “cause.” Yikes! So, take a deep breath, stay on the “high road,” and call me in the morning.
This quote was shared with us by Les G., a client of my firm, and wise man extraordinaire. Thanks, as always, got you to you, Les.
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