Experience proves that many times people will offer their help, their opinion, even their friendship with the underlying agenda of directing your own actions. Coach Dale, when confronted by the men in the town’s barbershop makes a wise decision. Instead of outlining his coaching strategy, explaining his methods, accepting their direction or defending his own opinion, Norman Dale raises his hands, thanks the men and leaves the shop.
He sets a good example. Too often we fight for our beliefs, make our stand, defend our rights. What we should do, instead, is to politely walk away.
When co-workers gang up, when friends triangulate, when family manipulate, the best thing we can do is to stand up and walk away.
Never sacrifice your beliefs at the insistence of others, whether their methods are overt or covert. “Thank you and good night.”