Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.

-Dale Carnegie

After just two days here in Houston, I’ve had enough negativity to last me a long while. To be fair, I’ve been prepared for a certain amount of negativity going into each work trip as the shops we transition to the new ERP system all have some level of resistance to change. People don’t like change, we all get it.

What I don’t understand, however, is if your (the royal you/your) entire work day is consumed by negativity, if nothing makes you happy, then why would you remain? I understand economics can often play a role in someone’s decision or perhaps it falls in the category of There are lots of examples of absolutely bizarre rationalizations made to explain decisions made by broken brains. The effects of a negative or toxic workplace are well documented. So what are your options? Leave with the hope that you’re finding a better, more positive workplace or stay and find a way to make yourself happy. You certainly can’t continue on with the status quo.

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.


Unfortunately, in this situation, I don’t have the luxury of leaving. I want to be clear, I’m not speaking about my position, I simply mean the location – I can’t leave this location until my promised support time is up. All I can try to do is offer up positive solutions to the complaints and negative attitudes. If nothing I offer solves their situation, I simply excuse myself and walk away.

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