Can bullying be good?
I’m feeling controversial today so I’m going to engage you all with a form of Lateral Thinking known as “Po”.
“Po” is a construct invented by Edward de Bono (The Inventor – yes inventor you read it right) of lateral thinking, which means Provocation.
The aim is to change or find new ways of thinking by approaching something from a provocative angle. (Kinda, but for a short description, that’ll do…)
Bullying makes people stronger.
I once said this, to be provocative, but I actually believe it to be true.
Whilst bullying that causes severe mental (and sadly physical) trauma has its bad sides, Being able to stand up to bullying, I think, prepares you for later life.
Life can be savage, constantly changing and offering you challenges. How you cope with these challenges, determines who you are and how the world sees you.
I’ve met so many people in my life that are un-prepared, immature even in their dealings with life, being victims who constantly ask “why do these things happen to me?” rather than taking responsibility for their own lives.
Sure, we all get low sometimes, we all go through testing times… but to succeed in life, to be happy within yourself you need the strength to pick yourself up and say “How can I learn from this, or use this to my advantage?” the time it takes you to make that transistion varies from person to person.
Sometimes, you need help to overcome things, people to bounce ideas and feelings off, yes of course you do, but the strength and desire to change has to come from within.
Be in control of your own destiny my friends!