Sklover’s Monday Thought: The Nature and Defeat of Bullies

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“Bullies don’t like to fight, son. They like to win. Being afraid is normal. The only fight you really have to win is the one against the fear.”

– Kwame Alexander

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On the job, in the street, in politics and on the battlefield, we find people who are bullies by their nature and, of course, in their treatment of others. Adult bullies are, actually, scared little kids trying to make themselves feel better by scaring others. Don’t think, even for a moment, that you will be able to reason or work with a bully. Perhaps for a short time, but sooner or later he or she will inevitably make you a victim. When you encounter a bully “along the way,” your choices are really only two: stand your ground or walk away; but don’t try to engage in wishful thinking. It’s a simple question of being fearless or fearful. Sure you may get the equivalent of a bruise or black eye, but that’s only temporary and skin deep. It’s a lot better than surrendering your soul. Never forget for a moment that there’s always another bully around the corner, and standing ground or surrendering soul are issues of character you will encounter time and again.

This quote was contributed by longtime friend and client, Richard T., of Winston-Salem North Carolina. Simply put, he is on the humble side, but not one to surrender, especially when his values are challenged. Thanks for being you, Rich!!

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