7 Habits of Highly Jerky People

Paul Blais | Episode 264

Paul Blais 7 Habits of Highly Jerky People

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We’ve all seen the jerk- not the movie starring Steve Martin, but the actual creature roaming freely about the planet. They have short tempers in long lines. These are the people that honk their horns in bumper-to-bumper traffic. You will find them in the office rudely balling someone out for not responding quickly enough to an email. And sometimes we find them right in our face. Jerks!

Bill Watterson said, “We don’t devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.” Because there is no cure-all, the next thing we need is a great way to accurately identify jerks, and come up with a game plan to counteract their jerky behavior.

Following are the top 7 habits of jerks that you will no doubt recognize. I also want to to give you some tactics on how to respond to their bad habits.

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