You know that saying If someone betrays you once it’s their fault; if they betray you second it’s your fault?
If I were to be judged by that saying alone, I would obviously qualified as an idiot. A certified ISO10000 idiot.
I’ve been making the same mistake and having the same problem with people whom I worked with. Not all, a few of them only. Different set of people, but more or less the same problem. Let’s face it, there are people out there who would not play fair, who would not play nice, who would deceive you, who would only come to you when they need you to do (free) favors for them—or worse, trick you to make you work for them for nothing, who would cheat, who would run away (by not answering your messages, ignoring you, giving you excuses, playing dumb, acting immature) when it was their turn to fulfill their obligation, who would disappear from the face of the earth when it was time for them to pay you.
First time: learning experience.
Second time: still learning experience.
Third time: WTH?! WTF?! WTFF?!
Then I stumbled into this picture.
When we say we need to prioritize our goals, it also means prioritizing our battles. We need to be choosy, selective, because most of the battles with the haters, unprofessional, immature people will only slow our journey down. But it doesn’t mean we walk away and forget, guys. Experience is there to teach us something, to make us a better person.
My husband told me that every time he crossed path with haters or fraud people, he would Like their hate post on Facebook, would RT their hate tweets. He said it drove them crazy because, what the hell, man? I’m trying to insult/trick/take advantage of you and you, what, like me?
Anyway, I get what he was saying. I get what the picture was saying. I get what everyone else was saying…
Prioritize, learn, prioritize, learn.
Repeat as long as you live. It’s okay to be an idiot once in a while, as long as it's not a permanent disease that can’t be cured.
March on, people.
Your journey is way more important than a few barking—or disappearing, deceitful—dogs.