Roosevelt on Criticism

Quote Quiz

Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of the longest serving American President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Better known as FDR, Roosevelt knew that a strong first lady was an asset.

As FDR feel victim to his health, eventually being confined to a wheelchair, she provided strength and confidence to their marriage. She attributed much of her persona to the confidence she had in herself. A confidence that persevered even amidst the controversy her husband would find himself surrounding his very progressive agenda for America.

She brought her life concept into focus for us all when she said, “No one can make you feel small _______________”

  1. Without your consent.
  2. When you are over six feet tall.
  3. If you believe in yourself.
  4. If others are providing encouragement.

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Every office has one, some have two and others have a plurality of them. Who are they?

Negative people.

Many of these negative people seem to need to boost their own self-esteem by damaging the self-esteem of their co-workers. They destroy morale as they puff up their ego by insulting other team members. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, offered timeless advice to those with negative co-workers or family members.

“No one can make you feel small without your consent,” said Roosevelt.

As with anyone so prominent in the public eye Roosevelt was constantly the object of blunt negative and positive comments. An outspoken first lady she had to develop an attitude that would allow her to keep the negative press. Her answer was to simply ignore it. Easier said than actually done, team members often are in a position where they need to evaluate comments by other team members or by other teams. If they make a positive contribution take the comment to heart.

However, if they are just hurtful with no redeeming value do not give someone else the power to make you feel inferior. In an unusual twist, Eleanor Roosevelt had the same name before and after her marriage even though there was no familial relationship other than their marriage.