Ten Tips for Rising above Workplace Adversity
By Tom Irvine
Develop a code of morality and ethics. Reference your thoughts, words, and action to this code. This code can be drawn from the teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, as well as the writings of Shakespeare, Dickens, and others. An example is given in Appendix A.
Seek out a good counselor who can help you navigate through the maze of human relationships and the complexity of modern society.
Respect yourself and project quiet confidence. You are a grandmaster playing a game of chess.
 You are brilliant, but your workplace will never be able to implement all your spectacular ideas. Paradoxically, becoming an industry-wide expert in your own field may be easier than becoming a recognized expert in your own workplace. Thus, write technical papers. Give these at conferences or post them at your own website. In addition, post answers to technical questions in your field at Internet message boards. Become an active member of engineering societies.
 If you do not like the way your employer runs the company, then start your own company. You can always offer your services back to your former employer on a consulting basis. This will allow you to side-step the office politics.
Some people will occasionally yell at you. A calm, confident reply can often disarm them. In any case, do not let them draw you into a fight.
Some people will treat you will injustice, even taking Machiavellian actions against you. But you are a straight arrow. Continue to be a straight arrow. Do not make other peoples' sins your own.
Give some of your time, talents, and resources to charitable service. Be generous.
Develop your family relationships. Spend time with your spouse and children. See Appendix B.
Success is the sweetest revenge, although revenge should not be your motive. Your adversaries may be doing a favor for you by supplying the wind for your sails, although these winds may sometimes reach hurricane proportions.


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!
--Rudyard Kipling
One hundred years from now
It will not matter
What kind of car I drove,
What kind of house I lived in,
How much money I had in my bank account,
Nor what my clothes looked like.
But the world maybe a little better
Because I was important in the life of a child.

- Author unknown
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