Gary David Goldberg, creator of Family Ties and Spin City was interviewed in Reader’s Digest April 2008. When asked if there was anything he might have done differently in his career, he responded with wisdom that I think we could all follow:

Early on, if you were in my way, I was willing to eliminate you. Now I don’t want to beat anyone at anything. The guy you beat has a family, he goes home – there are ripple effects. I’m aware that things can be over in a minute. I value my relationships. I feel blessed.

In the end, it really is about the relationships we foster and the “ripple effects” of our action. Both are within our control. That’s worth remembering when we feel beaten down and tempted to use our sharp elbows to work our way back up.