I think everyday I’m faced with the moment where I can either open my mouth and say how I feel, or just keep my mouth shut and try and find a better way to deal with the situation. And every day, I choose to keep my mouth shut. Although some days, it is way harder to do than others.
And this can be in a few different ways. Some days, it is because things are being done the way I want them to be. Other days it is because someone has said something about me, my company or the people that work for my company. And then there are days where you hear something, you don’t know all of the story, and yet you still want to partake in the gossip.
Look, we are all human and we are going to fall victim to one of these pitfalls from time to time, but I have to say, sometimes you just can’t hold it in. Sometimes, you just have to stand your ground and defend yourself. But I’d like to think that most of the time, it doesn’t deserve your attention. People can say what they want, do things a little differently than you and spread rumors, but you have to be focused on what matters, growing your company.
Defend when you must, but don’t worry about the silly stuff. Let it be. Be grateful that people are even talking about you. If rumors are being spread about you, if people are making you mad and if you have a chance to continue the spread of a rumor, you must be doing something right, or at least be knowing the right people.
Instead, let them talk about you, heck, indulge the rumors.
Instead, talk to them about why it gets you mad.
Instead, don’t spread the rumor and call to find out the truth.
I say it a lot in my head, “Jason, it is better to be thought a fool then to open your mouth and be proven one.”
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