Why you should welcome the naysayer

“He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill.”
– Edmund Burke (1729-1797), British philosopher and statesman

Let’s face it: we all have negative people in our lives whose words or actions annoy us. Why not try taking a ‘glass half full’ view regarding your interactions with them?

Draw value from the naysayer by remaining objective and positive in your thinking. Occasionally, naysayers will point out valid hurdles or challenges that you haven’t seen. With their help – and if you can remain objective and positive – you’ll be able to better prepare or respond accordingly.

Remember this technique when you are interviewing. You may find that you need to be a little patient in helping the interviewee understand the link between your experience and future desires with the position you are interested in.

I say bring on the naysayers!


“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and…confidence in ourselves.” 

Marie Curie (1867-1934), Polish-born French physicist and two-time Nobel Prize winner



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Sandra Schwan

Sandra Schwan

Managing Partner at Evolving Strategies LLC
Sandra is the Managing Partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, adapt and perform. Sandra holds a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Strategic Organizational Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Previous employers include the Corporate Executive Board, Lante Corporation, Kensington International, and Accenture where Sandra was awarded mentor of the year.

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