“No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself.” – Alfred Tennyson
This simple formula, diligently applied, will turn a poorly managed life around and carry a successfully lived one through to completion. Being good at one or several of the areas described is necessary, but not sufficient to living life to its fullest.
You are just as much a hypocrite if you don’t knock yourself but knock others as you are if your don’t knock others but knock yourself. Most people manage to ease off the knocking when it comes to themselves and their friends, but few rise to the level of not knocking their enemies. Valor and nobility are uncommon for this reason.