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And now, some solid advice from former Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton

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Here’s a nugget that I think can help everyone out: Don’t let backhanded compliments get you down.

Listen, we’ve all had bosses who might have been a little lacking in the tact department.  They don’t realize just how much hearing a kind word every now and again — a simple, unambiguous “attaboy,” not something like, “Way to not repeatedly fuck up tonight, Swamp Thing; it was a welcome break from your customary abysmal and foul-smelling play” — can really motivate employees to give it their all.  They’re just so focused on the task at hand that they tend to drive the folks around them too darn hard (an approach that can translate into consistently above-average outcomes but, interestingly enough, doesn’t quite seem to lead to true ultimate success).

Sure, we’d love to see them try a little harder to show that they recognize our talents and appreciate our efforts.  And we’d REALLY prefer that they use phrases like “unique performer” to describe our contributions to the group, rather than calling us “abominable circus freak” or “horror movie failure.”  But you know what?  Some bosses just aren’t wired for “nice,” but they do want to help us do the best job we can do and really get the most out of ourselves.

So if your supervisor’s having a bad day and says something not-so-nice, just try to take it in stride, listen for the silver lining and take the compliment in the spirit it was (probably) intended.  That way, you’ll be able to keep on having a great day.  Plus, no crippling-sense-of-self-doubt-engendered-by-a-career-of-shameful-rejections-by-the-one-man-whose-love-you-always-craved-and-never-earned.

Thanks, Mark! For more straight talk from the 7-foot-4-inch fomer NBA player, check out Stand Tall, Play Big.

And now, some solid advice from former Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton

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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and I’m really looking forward to it — if there’s one thing that I think we can all agree is a lot of fun, it’s a big parade on a beautiful spring day. But as you well know, the cascading rivers of vomit, urine and spilled cheap beer tinted green by food coloring can really do a number on your trainers.

Do yourself a favor and grab two of the plastic bags that loaves of bread come in — Sunbeam Family is the Eaton family’s breadbag of choice — and just slip ‘em right over your Avias. That way, any liquid (or even solid!) that comes your way during the tribal, near-feral Hibernian chaos of a local St. Patty’s Day parade won’t taint the sweet white purity of your 830s. Plus, easier vomiturinebeer skating.

Thanks, Mark! For more straight talk from the 7-foot-4-inch fomer NBA player, check out Stand Tall, Play Big.

And now, some solid advice from former Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton

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If you’re standing in a sewer, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to have rats down around your feet and ankles.  Do yourself a favor and calmly — CALMLY — reach down, then tuck your pants into your socks.  That way, any rat looking to shimmy his way up your leg and inject his particular brand of rat rabies into your femural artery’s going to have a real tough road to hoe.  Meanwhile, no rat bites.

Thanks, Mark! For more straight talk from the 7-foot-4-inch fomer NBA player, check out Stand Tall, Play Big.