Our expert says:
I actually don't know. I'm pretty darn good, but IO don't think anyone has ever been so VAGUELY complimentary to me, including myself. NOBODY is "better than everyone" - I'm sure you're not awfully good at rugby, Polynesian cooking, and speaking Mandarin.
A more specific compliment would be more useful.
Mind you, if, as you describe, you actually Do Your Job, that'd put you ahead of many others in any company !
I suspect you may be UNsocial ( not keen on socializing ) rather than ANTIsocial, or you'd be too busy robbing banks and smashing windows to get much rest.
What may have happened is that the person who spoke to you, lacking perceptivenes and sense, misinterpreted your excellent qualities as being aloof, snooty and thinking you're superior - assuming, falsely, that because you don't hang out at the pub, rather than having too much sense and having better things to do, they think you're a snob who feels too good to spend time socializing outside of work.
People who are actually not very good at their work ( or can't be bothered to do it well ) tend to resent someone who just quietly does things well, afraid that this could show up their own short-comings.
Dont get discouraged or compromise your principles. Do, however, recognize that a modest amount of schmoozing and friendliness may be really useful in terms of office politics, and enhancing your career opportunities.
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