How to Deal With "Difficult" People

Updated: Feb 18

There are a lot of people in the world who seem "difficult".


But how do you respond to them?


Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher, said the following:


"If you come across any special trait of meanness or stupidity… you must be careful not to let it annoy or distress you, but to look upon it merely as an addition to your knowledge—a new fact to be considered in studying the character of humanity. Your attitude towards it will be that of the mineralogist who stumbles upon a very characteristic specimen of a mineral."


Fascinating thought, right?


Especially if you're work in data science & analytics, let's collect more data from other people and learn about their algorithms (see my book: People Skills for Analytical Thinkers).


I read about this quote in my favorite book of all time: The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene. I highly recommend you check it out.


As a challenge for today, see how you can implement this in your job as data scientist or analyst.


When your colleague triggers your emotions, pause.


Take a breath and ask yourself:


What can I learn?


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