He looked me straight in the eye and said, “I think you are annoying.”
My first reaction was to be mad. I wanted to be angry that not only did he think that I was annoying-he made a point to make sure and say it to my face.
Then I decided to do the complete opposite. I embraced it.
You might be wondering how in the hell I ended up in this conversation. Let me explain.
I have a coworker who recently quit and today was the last day that we are going to see each other. We’ve worked very closely and as we made sure that everything was all set for when he officially left he asked me to take a walk with him outside.
We talked about his new business venture and how he was nervous to go out on his own. We talked about life and the best mindset for him to have during this pivotal point in his career. I told him that I believed he had incredible potential.
Then he told me that he thought I was annoying.
As the words left his mouth, I wanted to lash back out and tell him that I thought he was arrogant but something stopped me. How could I have spent twenty minutes telling him about his potential, listening to him talk about his life, and offering two listening ears just to hear him tell me that he wasn’t all that crazy about me?