I was mid-way through writing a post about this when I realized I had already written one in 2010.
Regardless, here is my take on the issue from 2013, since I wrote it already. 🙂
It will always happen that you meet nay-sayers, disbelievers, or just straight up rotten, arrogant people.
No matter how far up or down you are on the food chain, there is always someone who thinks they are better than you. It never ceases. Trust me.
And no matter what stage you’re at, it’s especially true when you’re starting a new project.
When you start something, no one cares.
They don’t understand your dream, they don’t care about it, and further, they are often too busy, too in their head and defending their position, to care. Evidence be damned.
So get used to it. It happens.
What I want to give you today is an attitude to take when you meet these people, one that helps you stay calm, respectful, and composed.
The attitude to take is – “We will meet again, and when we do, things will be different.”
Use it like a mantra. Here’s what this does.
One, it makes you feel like you’ll get your comeuppance. No matter how badly someone treats you, you’ll be in a position of higher power later. This is immediately calming / reassuring.
Two, it makes you think twice before being an asshole back. Because you’ll meet again, you’ll want to be graceful instead of defensive. (Usually people act worse when they know it’s a one-off.)
In effect, you are using your future position to secure your present state of mind.
Try it next time you’re confronted by rudeness. It works.