Michael’s Rules: No. 11

I’ve been really lucky to have the love and support of a lot of wonderful people throughout my life. Along the way, they’ve given me some pretty great advice which I now consider my own personal rules for living—words of wisdom that have helped me navigate my career and my life and that I would like to pass along to you, too.

My battle with Giants coach Tom Coughlin was, and in some quarters still is, legendary, but what it taught me is applicable to anyone who’s had what they believe is a horrible boss. This is the thing: I truly believe that although the archetype of the difficult boss is hilarious on film, the truly horrible boss is a myth. There are talented people who don’t know how to communicate with and inspire the people they lead (which, to my mind, is the category that Tom fell into). Then there are people who are out of their depth, and so they compensate in all kinds of ways. And behind door number three of bad bosses, we have the people who never really grew up. None of these people are funto work for, but I can tell you—from experience—that you can learn something from each kind. You’ll learn something about yourself from each type that will help elevate your game, no matter what your field.

You can read more about my story in my book, Wake Up Happy.