There is an amazing executive that I interacted with in the 2000s, and he was like the COO of TIVO. A southern guy. He had the most amazing quote for me.
I was the junior guy, I was there to take notes. He stopped me in the elevator. The big guys walk out. He said, “Listen, you said nothing in the meeting. I’m going to give you a little piece of advice. You saw how I behaved in that meeting. I didn’t have to give you guys anything, but I gave you a lot. Be careful who you fuck on the way up, because they’ll fuck you on the way down.”
That seared in my mind to this day. The graciousness is a thing for us all to learn.