Be mindful of what you get good at doing, because you’ll end up doing it for the rest of your life. This can pertain to a particular set of vocational skills, or to how good you get at putting up with toxic behavior from others.

The more you let others get away with treating you badly, the harder it is to break free from that pattern.

I’ve learned this the hard way. I thought I was being a peacemaker; being polite, and someone who doesn’t ruffle feathers. I chose to take the high road, and not stoop to their level.

But now that I’m older and wiser, I’ve learned that you need to nip any kind of abusive behavior in the bud; stop it right at the start. You don’t have to be rude, but you also don’t have to ever allow any bad behavior at your expense.

Staying polite, just for the sake of not causing a scene, will do nothing to really help. It will, however, develop a strong habit for yourself of always being the polite guy who gets walked all over.

Be careful of what you get good at doing.

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