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You Don’t Have to Like People to Get Along with Them


by Glenn Shepard
September 19, 2017
Category: Management


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6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.
Source: "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals" by Thomas Corley, CPA


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“Diversity”. “Inclusiveness”. “Tolerance”.

They’re buzzwords everybody uses these days – especially Millennials, who’ve had these principles driven into their heads since the day they were born.

But while people keep preaching tolerance, society is becoming more intolerant of people who have opposing views on just about anything.

Name calling of anyone who disagrees with a given point of view has almost become Standard Operating Procedure.

Last week I heard a radio talk show host make a comment about how the term “LGBT” keeps changing and that it will hurt their cause if they don’t settle on what they’re going to be called.

She explained that it went from LGBT to LGBTQ to LGBTQI.

A caller lambasted her and called her a “homophobe”. She responded “Sir, I’m a lesbian!”

I don’t know what she is or isn’t, but her observation wasn’t unreasonable.
(I Googled the terms to see what they meant. Q stands for “Questioning your se*uality” and I stands for “Interse*”).

When organizations change their name, it is a subject of conversation – no matter what the organization is. For example, do you know who these companies are?

1. BackRub
2. Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo
3. Brad’s Drink
4. Sound of Music
5. DrivUrSelf

(See the P.S. for the answers)

What too many people don’t understand is that as you become more powerful and successful, three things happen:

1. You become more steadfast in your convictions.

2. You realize that other people are equally steadfast in theirs.

3. You learn to get along with them.

People should have their own beliefs.

But the only thing more foolish than expecting everyone else to share your beliefs and values is alienating yourself from anyone who doesn’t.

Highly successful people understand that you can disagree with others without attacking them.

One of my favorite examples is Rush Limbaugh and Elton John.

While they’re at opposite ends of the spectrum on their social and political views, Elton sang at Rush’s wedding in 2010, and they quickly hit it off. Elton then invited Rush and his wife to his home in London.

You don’t have to like your co-workers, and you certainly don’t have to agree with them on everything.

But you do have to be able to work with people you don’t like or agree with to accomplish a shared goal.

Which is, in this case, keeping your job and getting a paycheck.

To Your Success,

Glenn Shepard

 1. Google 2. Sony 3. Pepsi 4. Best Buy 5. Hertz


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