Don’t shit where you eat

This principle is something that I adhere to. Recently, there have been two examples where I’ve been given this lesson, through the experience of others.

The first example is work-related and the second one is study-related. Either one, you do not bad mouth, you do not trash-talk the institution that feeds your stomach and your mind.

Here is a list of the Why-nots:

  • even dogs wouldn’t bite the hand that feeds them
  • it won’t necessarily show how bad the institution is, but surely it will reflect bad on your character
  • if you are leaving the place as you do it, think very carefully whether you really want to burn all the bridges. Especially if you are staying in the industry, chances are people in each field are inter(well)connected. It will come back to you full circle eventually.
  • it’s not the least, but surely it is the basic of all: it is just not right.

“But I have been so unfairly mistreated there.”

You deal with household problems in-house. You talk it out, voice out your constructive criticism through the available channels. Only if it fails do you have a liiiiittle excuse to bring it out in the open, if you think that the benefit outweighs the risk.

If nothing works, just get out. But shitting where you eat is not the way to go.

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