Obama on Human Behaviors

“You’re in high school and you see all the cliques and bullying and unfairness and superficiality, and you think, Once I’m grown up I won’t have to deal with that anymore. And then you get to the state legislature and you see all the nonsense and stupidity and pettiness. And then you get to Congress and then you get to the G20, and at each level you have this expectation that things are going to be more refined, more sophisticated, more thoughtful, rigorous, selfless, and it turns out it’s all still like high school. Human dynamics are surprisingly constant.”

Barrack Obama in an interview with The Atlantic

Sounds very much like the office dynamics I’m experiencing.

There’s always assholes in the company. Some assholes are nastier than others. But they’re always there wherever you go.

My first instinct was to avoid them but that’s not always possible in a workplace. I’m learning to cope with them, live with them and work with them.

As if work itself is not hard enough, the presence of assholes add another layer of complexity.

But if there’s anything I’ve learned in the past 10 years, it’s that no job is perfect. Being adaptable and appreciative of what we have matters more.