8/23/2010

Don’t criticize – Be a Mentor

I tweeted this concept recently and got a very positive response.

As developers, business owners, partners, and gurus of various breeds, we are constantly exposed to situations where things other people do just don’t seem to fit our personal paradigm.

Sometimes, a natural reaction may be to put somebody down or make a sarcastic comment.

Don’t do it.

Environments like this create a situation where we can excel as developers, or we can turn them into a situation where we turn out to be a complete and total ass because of our behavior towards others.

No matter what the situation is, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

There is NEVER a situation where putting somebody down will further the effort – not in development, not in personal interactions, not in a group. Never.

What you need to do is step back, hold your breath, and think. Then, hopefully, you can find the resources in your inner being to respond in a positive manner.

The results, if you work on this process, will be nothing short of amazing. I guarantee it.