How To Get Rid Of The Bad Apples

One Bad Apple Can Spoil The Whole Bunch

The energy vampires. The whiners and complainers. And the ones who bring down those around them.

These are the bad apples. The ones who are hurting your organization.

It can be hard to get rid of the bad apples, but you must.

You’ve probably heard the old saying “One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch” and not thought much of the saying. It’s cliche and played out. Or so you think.

This saying is also true. When rotten apples begin to decay, these rotting apples emit a gas. This gas can cause the apples touching this apple to rot as well.

Get Rid Of Your Bad Apples

The people we surround ourselves with are like the apples mentioned in the cliched saying. They will impact you negatively or positively.

When your friends or coworkers are emitting toxic words, you’re absorbing their toxic attitudes.

Your friend is rotting. And he’s causing you to rot as well!

That’s scary business. You don’t want to become negative. You want to be positive and uplifting.

So, you need to get rid of the bad apples in your life.

How To Get Rid Of The Bad Apples

Ridding yourself of someone in your life isn’t easy. It’s downright painful.

However, if you want to avoid the toxic pit they’re dragging you down to, you need to guard yourself against these toxic people.

Here’s how you can get rid of the bad apples in your life:

Learn to say no:

We will let the wrong people into our lives because we feel we have to be welcoming to everyone. You don’t.

You can say no to friendships that are toxic. You can say that you’re done.

There will be a sting to begin with. After all, you’re friends and you don’t want to hurt them.

However, you’ll be better off in the end when you learn to say NO to the toxic people in your life.

Find good apples:

If there are bad apples in our lives, there can also be good apples. This is the good news!

Now, you need to go out and find these good apples. Seek out people with positive attitudes. These are the good apples!

As the good apples begin to come into your life, let go of the bad apples.

Taking these two steps will go a long way in getting rid of the bad apples in your life. They’re toxic and will bring you down.

Question: How do you get rid of the bad apples in your life? Share your story in the comment section below.

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  • I’ve discovered that one bad apple can make the other apples rotten in a matter of time. Much like trying to change a culture, it’s best to focus your attention on the good apples, reward them often for their good behavior, and spend less investment on the bad ones. Eventually the bad apples will either (hopefully) leave, or at minimum have a lesser impact on the rest of the culture.

    Having said that, I’m a strong supporter of removing those bad apples from your basket, sooner than later!

    • Me too Mike! We got to get rid of them before they poison the culture.