This Is Contagious

Ed Thomas Coaching

posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017


One of the many reasons I encourage everyone to have positive role models in their lives is because a role model of mine, from early in my career, helped me to guard against complaining. The statement was simple, “Complaining is contagious.” I was able to observe my role model as he avoided spending time with people who were engaged in complaining. I truly believe that he did not understand the concept of complaining for two reasons.

– One reason: He only saw the best in others.
– Second reason: If a situation impacted him he found a way to make it better.  

Does this mean I never complain? I’m sure my wife would confirm that I do sometimes complain. We all can understand that complaining does little, if any good to improve the situation. We can also understand that the phrase “complaining is contagious” means those who complain always seek out others to complain with them. If we are not careful, we can become involved. In the end, and if left unchecked, complaining will have a negative impact on our personal goals as well as the group’s goals.

"Do everything without grumbling or arguing-"

Philippians 2:14

Your Challenge

The next time you are tempted to get involved in a complaint ask yourself, “What am I doing to make it better?”  

Al Kerns & the Ed Thomas Family Foundation

This post is written by Al Kerns, a long-time friend of Ed Thomas and a team member with the Ed Thomas Family Foundation. Al coached with Ed for 30+ years at Aplington-Parkersburg.