Don’t be a d***

Apologies for the lewd title, but I had to get your attention.

This week I heard faculty and staff members talk behind each others’ backs, argue, and actually give attitude to their bosses.

This week I heard student-athletes talk behind each others’ backs with alarming frequency, tweet things about other people they’ll regret in five years, and be openly defiant to authority figures.

You’ve seen the same things this week. Somehow we’ve come to consider this behavior normal. It isn’t.

When asked his advice on how to build a world-class network Tim Ferris said, “Don’t dismiss people, don’t be a dick, and don’t rush. Play the long game.” All the above behaviors are examples of playing the short game: it feels good in the moment but leads nowhere. At worst it leads backwards.

It’s amazing how far you can get by being nice.

[On March 10 I’ll be the opening speaker at Buffalo State’s Strength and Conditioning Conference. Registration is only $25 for students and $90 for professionals before March 2. It’s a great way to start building your network.]

[Today is the last day to sign up for my winter break e-mail list on the five routines I follow every day to feel energetic, creative, and productive. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. tonight.]

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