At a temp agency I worked at, I had a good boss. She was happy, had a good sense of humor, listened to her employees, and the result was that the workers were happy, and being happy, they did good work. She eventually moved on, though, to a much better government job. Her replacement was a balding, angry red-faced man, who belittled his employees, spoke condescendingly, was easily irritated, didn't listen to his employees, and the result was that employees didn't want to come to work, and when they did come, they didn't feel like working. Because of this and a silly argument I had over how he had us round off our hours worked (a petty argument which I heard he had apparently fired numerous employees over), I quit.
Now, in school... Last semester, I had a great biology professor. Same mentality as the "good boss". She's very clear about what's on our tests, gives us helpful study guides, the tests are well-prepared, and the students do well.
This semester, I have a bad biology professor, which is like the "bad boss". He doesn't explain stuff clearly, blames his students for doing poorly, his tests are sloppily thrown together at the last minute, with poor wording, and messy hand-writing, and if you try to approach him about any of this, he is belligerent. The funny thing, too, is that the bad professor is actually the chairman of our college's science department, so really, it's not even like there's anybody I could complain to. And I can't quit because I have to finish my degree.
Like the bad boss's employees, the students including me are demoralized.
I understand that physically there's nothing that prevents me from succeeding. I only have to work harder than I did before. But how do I accomplish this mentally?
I can't hate the professor or wallow in despair, so what do I do?
Kshanti! Patience and forgiveness!
When others are in positions of authority above us, we cannot approach them with a combative mind, like an asura. Instead, we have to be patient with them, forgiving them for their wrongs even though they have not even asked for it.
This does not mean allowing ourselves to be a doormat for others, however.