Whining: the other side of advocacy

One of the arts of any craft is learning how to deal with colleagues. And part of this is learning the give-and-take nature of relationships.

I love the passion that comes from advocating a position strongly held. It’s good not to give up. Well…until it’s time to give up.

At some point, advocating a lost cause leads to whining and grumbling. Take it from me, I have sojourned into the whiny realm on a few occasions, bringing a tent, dehydrated stews, a pound of coffee, and a latrine shovel. I’ve been ready to camp out and make my point.

But the point at that point is moot. Move on, literally or figuratively. Don’t force people into what they don’t want to do. Ask ¬†yourself if you’re correct and, if so, whether it’s worth fighting for. If it’s worth fighting for, it’s usually only worth waging the battle for a bit. Then you either drop it or find a new place to work.

There’s no harm in moving on. There is harm in nagging.

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About scotmarvin

Scot is a writer for Oracle. He's a slacker and smartass involved in content strategy, content architecture, big data, cloud computing, and other buzzwords related to technical stuff. He loves his family, history books, jazz guitar, and the Minnesota Vikings. Scot is a proud father, so don't make the mistake of asking about his family unless you have four hours to listen to him ramble on about his kids.
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