Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 


Humans are annoying.

One of the reasons for this is that each member of the species has their own agenda.

They don't care about yours. They merely recognize you might be useful to them.

So they might try to be nice to you. They might even ask you questions.

At heart, though, you know they're annoying even if you can't always articulate why.

"Journalist" is just one category of human that can have its annoying aspects.

Often, this stems from the journalist already having decided what they're going to write and then asking twisted questions to get someone to support the journalist's bent.

After the Golden State Warriors beat Houston in Game 4 of the NBA Playoff Series, the Warriors' Draymond Green was faced with one such journalist.

Over and over, the journalist wanted Green to participate in a twisted analogy between the storms that hit Houston over the last week and the Warriors' playoff games against the hometown team.

Watch how Green handled this asininity.

You could tell the journalist thought he was being very clever.

After all, he started his question with: "Draymond, so here's an interesting question."

When you claim you're being interesting, you are very unlikely to be being interesting at all.

Self-interested, perhaps. Interesting, no.

Green attempts to listen patiently to a question that is manipulative and half-witted in equal measure.

He replies: "I feel like you're trying to get a controversial statement out of me."

He then goes on to explain that he feels sorry for the people of Houston.

"People are losing their homes, losing their cars, losing their lives, losing their loved ones and you're trying to get a controversial statement out of me," he says.

Sometimes, when you understand the agenda of the person asking you a question, it might be worth exposing that agenda.

Why play along with someone's manipulative nonsense? Call them on it instead.

It's remarkable how those who think they're "handle" others suddenly become unstuck when their handling doesn't work.

They tend not to have a Plan B.

When Green (just about) retains his politeness in telling the journalist to, well, shut up with his self-serving balderdash, the journalist has no answer.

After all, he just assumed Green would give him what he wanted.

You will likely find yourself in a situation every day in which someone will demand something of you in a way that's at a minimum manipulative and at a maximum plain stinking annoying.

When this happens, ask yourself this: "What would Draymond do?