Why do so many of us put up with people who make our lives miserable? There’ve been times in my life when I thought I had to put up with one person or a group of people who made me unhappy. Looking back on those situations, I understand that I had alternatives; I was simply choosing not to take the steps necessary to free myself of the jerks and idiots. A friend just shared something that a fellow accountant recently posted on his LinkedIn profile: “I have rebranded myself into a Concierge CPA who provides flat fee services for a small group of clients. My main rule for accepting a new client is I have to like you. I don’t care about your politics or personality. But, no more jerks. I don’t care how much money you have, I’m too old to waste any more time.” This guy has taken control of his life and he’s not going to put up with people who make him miserable. Most of us could learn something from him. There’s no reason to allow anyone in our lives who’s making things worse for us.