It can be a very difficult proposition to not feel broken and lost after a meeting has gone off the track, derailed by a single person.
Or a project that you put your all into delivering, despite all the setbacks and unknowns only for a single person to comment how it’s still late.
Or to pick yourself up, exhausted from everything you gave, only to have that single person ask when you are going to start trying.
But it’s amazing how the single action of a person, who probably doesn’t even realize what they are saying when they say it and what the impact of their words are can have on the work we do, the experiments we build and the destinations we try to reach.
So the next time it happens, don’t let their actions hold you back from what you want to accomplish and where you want to go, instead take them, put them in a box, look at them, see if there is any value to them, toss them out and move on.
Whatever you do, don’t let them drive your next move.