I was thinking about the rise and demise of some of the people around me and it came to me yet another reason to not shit on people as you climb the ladder.
Sure I know the old cliche, and that is that you better be nice to people on the way up because you meet the same people on the way down but I think it's more complex than that.
Many people rise and don't come back down so they don't meet those same people on the way back down. But those people who rise leave a legacy - they leave a history.
And if I were to crap on people at every step on the way up then I just leave a whole bunch of detractors behind me.
For those people who are sitting at the top - imagine having all of those enemies sitting down there just looking to take their shot at you?
That's all academic to me because there is no way I'm reaching the pinnacles of anything in my life. But I do like the idea that there is yet another reason not to crap on the people around me.
That said - no matter how hard one tries, one accumulates enemies. But if I can answer to myself, then the rest is up to those who chose to hate me.