July 14, 2010

Try not to get upset by people’s rudeness. Notice: how it never seems to come from someone who has ‘earned’ the right to be rude. In other words, this attitude (or stupidity) has not served them well. It has held them back and punished them. So you pity it, place it properly in context with the costs, or pretend not to care but don’t feel resentment if you can help it. Because they’ve borne more of the burden than you.

Ryan Holiday

I'm a strategist for bestselling authors and billion dollar brands like American Apparel, Tucker Max and Robert Greene. My work has been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube and Google and has been written about in AdAge, the New York Times, Gawker and Fast Company.

7 responses to Rude

  1. Great post.

    Are you on twitter? Don’t love the color scheme here, tough to make out the comment form inputs. Not enough contrast.


  2. Awesome, Ryan. Worthy of Aurelius himself.

  3. Notice: How it’s never from someone who doesn’t have a vested interest in your feeling inferior.

    – re-asserting power
    – establishing superiority
    – compensating feeling of inferiority
    – push you in a certain direction

  4. **So you don’t feel resentment if you can help it, because you realize it’s not about you.

  5. Neat self-indulgent twaddle. Good job.

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