Big Ego in the industry

Hello everyone,

I’m new to the industry, but as I am meeting more and more people from the industry, especially the people with more time on sea I see characters that I don’t like. In the naval academy, on ship, on shore.
Many people think that they are the best, they know everything, there is no other point of view for them that could be right. When you try to find more information about practical stuff some of them hide it, some of them just say idk.
And on the other hand there are people who are the best, you want them to be your mentor.
But the ratio is 80% Big ego and 20% normal people.

Is it just me or … ?



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6 thoughts on “Big Ego in the industry

  • May 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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    The arseholes are in every single industry. Just stay clear of them, when you can.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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    There might be.

    My experience has been rather different honestly.

    I worked on a cruise ship (one really small and one huge one), yacht, rig and now doing some training on tugs pushing barges up and down Mississippi and the Ohio. And maybe I ran into a sailor two who were like what you mentioned, but everyone really has been open minded in me being a green horn in each water sector gig I’ve been trying out.

    With the help of the people in the industry
    I’m a 100 ton near coastal Masters holder!

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  • May 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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    It’s not you. I run into these assholes on every ship. It makes a very toxic environment to work in especially if these big egos are in positions of capt, chief mate, chief engineer. You spend every day with them for months. You take all their bullshit and poor leadership and the worse part is you don’t gain anything from it.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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    I’ve encountered a bunch of those people, but I’ve also met a great deal of friendly, normal people. I don’t know how far you are in your career, but if you are in a lower rank it can indeed be very frustrating.
    Under which flag are you currently sailing and in which rank? Just curious.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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    There’s assholes anywhere you work and there’s always an asshole on any ship.

    I’ve seen people who are disgruntled with the company take it out on the men his in charge of.

    I’ve known Officers who have the attitude that if you can get over them having a shitty attitude, after awhile they accept you.

    Others won’t help until they’re sure you’re there to stay.

    Then there’s the true asshole who has no hope of actually being human. Some of them I think God “shorted” and they’re trying to make up for it by being an asshole.

    Hang in there, you have to be like a duck and let it roll off your back.

    You’ll find a mentor and you’ll learn, sometimes even the cook can be helpful.

    As for working off your frustrations, go to the gym, if possible be up in time when it’s still quiet and you’ve some alone time in the fresh air. Voicing your frustrations on board is like taking an advert out in the newspaper so don’t do it.

    You’ll get there, you will succeed and you’ll be a better Officer than the ones you have now.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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    Just try not to learn from the assholes…

    Edit, what part of the industry are you in?

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