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Isaiah Hankel, PhD
Isaiah Hankel, PhD
Chief Executive Officer Cheeky Scientist
8 hours

Join Isaiah as he gives some advice on why you should be aware of the negative people in your life and how to deal with them

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode…

  • First, Isaiah talks about the importance of identifying and dealing with the negative people in your life to prevent them from holding you back
  • Next, Isaiah discusses what you can do if you’re in an environment where you can’t just cut out the negative people
  • Finally, Isaiah illustrates how you can channel negative energy into positive actions by telling the story of the Atlantic codfish

From This Week’s Show… 

Why You Need To Identify And Deal With The Negative People In Your Life

The people you allow in your life will affect your emotions, your decisions, and your actions. Most importantly, they will affect your options. You’ll never reach your full potential if you keep giving your valuable time and energy to negative people.

Stop letting everyone into your life. Start making room for your biggest dreams. Create space for new, positive people who will support you and like you just the way you are.

If you’ve already let negative people into your life, cut them out. If you can’t cut them out, use them to your advantage. The key is to deal with these negative people without becoming a negative person yourself.

What You Can Do If You’re Surrounded By Negative People You Can’t Get Rid Of

I understand that you may be stuck in a classroom, lab or other current role with negative people.

In these cases, you can let your adversary be your advisor. Very often, when stuck, you can leverage other people’s negative energy to your advantage, transforming it into positive and productive energy.

The Story Of The Atlantic Codfish

The Atlantic codfish was in high demand in America at the turn of the century, as news of how good these fish taste spread across the country all the way to the West Coast. But there was a problem. How could the West Coast restaurants that wanted to serve Atlantic codfish get the fish across the country and still keep them fresh?

They tried to freeze the fish and send them by rail, which was the fastest means at the time. But, when the West Coast restaurants received the fish and prepared them, they turned out to be very mushy and lacked flavor.

A little later, someone decided to try shipping the fish live by turning the railroad cars into huge saltwater aquariums. When the Atlantic codfish arrived at the West Coast restaurants, they were still alive. But, when they were prepared, they were still mushy and tasteless.

A few years down the road, a young scientist started studying the codfish and discovered that their natural enemy was the catfish. The scientist recommended that the West Coast restaurants ship the codfish in the huge saltwater aquariums as before but this time with a few catfish.

When the codfish arrived and were prepared, they were flaky and had the same flavor as when they were caught fresh. The catfish kept the codfish from becoming stale.

In the same way, if you have a negative person in your life that you can’t escape by traditional means—walking away, ignoring them, going around them—then use them to your advantage. Learn from them. Turn them into your advisor. Channel their negative energy into positive action. Use it as fuel to drive your job search forward.

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