When I failed but learned

I failed to build a relationship with a key contributor which led to a lot of frictions and slowed down my own growth.

I worked in an engineering team. The team had an established senior engineer. My personal take on the engineer is that they were a) strongly opinionated, b) unempathetic in terms of how they deliver feedback, and c) very smart, and source of technical learning for others, including me.

I failed to take easily a) and b) and work on our relationship. I think it was my ego that didn’t let it go. Instead, I took a defensive and sometimes combative…