Whining makes you look foolish

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The school year has begun, and for a lot of students it means being active in various groups and organizations on campus with new leaders or starting a new job. 

With students battling it out in the interview section for a new job, it’s safe to say at some point in time that people who lose out in elections or jobs feel bitter. Sometimes a dreaded phrase comes into mind: They don’t deserve their job or position. 

At this point in our lives, the line seems harmless, but it doesn’t look pretty out in the real world. 

A vlogger who goes by the name “The Oaks” targeted numerous TV and radio personnel and producers who cover the Toronto Maple Leafs, Marlies and Blue Jays, saying that many of them bought their way to the top. 

Steve Dangle, a fellow vlogger and associate producer for CBC, responded to the video in a blog on his website, stevedangle.com, and stated that he felt he was still learning and that people such as “The Oaks” need to stop whining about not having the jobs that he has. 

“You scowl, sulk and whimper to your camera asking ‘Why not me?’ Why not you? You’re 40 years old, and you make videos like this,” Dangle wrote. 

Dangle also listed a rather lengthy resumé that included reporting or writing for Nike, Leafs TV, RBC Junior Hockey Magazine and Fan 590, and he states even with all that experience he knows he still has some learning to do. 

The Maple Leafs analyst continued, “I know I’m just some 20-something kid, but if you’re willing to let me, I can help you learn a thing or two. I’m not the best. I’m learning, too. This is my sixth year in the industry and I consider myself somewhat of a rookie, but if you want pointers I can help.” 

The thought that someone isn’t qualified for a position may come across a person’s mind, but regardless if it’s a job or an elected position, other people saw something in the candidate who won. 

Seeing as college is a time to grow and learn how to handle ourselves in the real world, it’s time to start handling situations, like losing out on a job, like a person should in the real world, too. 

“The Oaks” comes off as a guy who’s merely upset because of people who have connections and have shown they are worthy of the jobs they have gotten. He presents himself in a foolish manner and one that almost makes him seem less credible than before. 

As we sit in our upcoming meetings and sulk at the fact that we aren’t president or a certain officer position, just remember that acting this sour in the real world looks childish and as adults we need to get rid of our foolish habits. 

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