Be Careful What Assuptions You Make. They might be wrong.

In my line of work I was often “the bearer of bad news”. When the general superintendent would see me, they might grumble, “What’s wrong now”. I took personally. I thought they didn’t like me. I mean I still had a job to do, and I did it, but I thought that they didn’t really like me.  

It was only later that I learned that they actually held me in high regard. They were glad I was there to fix the problems that no one else would have found. They appreciated and respected me.  

Don’t get me wrong, there were people who genuinely DON’T like me, but typically those people don’t care about doing the right thing (I’m talking about firestop here). My job is to hold people accountable and those guys who actually respected me, wanted to do the right thing and appreciated that I was helping them do that. The jerks who didn’t care about anything other than getting out and getting bonused. They still don’t like me.  

You have to be okay with the fact that not everyone is going to like you…BUT at the same time you can’t assume that just because some people are grousing that they automatically dislike you. 

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