Don’t waste your time in life trying to get everyone to like you. Additionally, don’t worry about trying to keep those who like you now to remain liking you—just do you. You will find that you will live a happier life when you’re more concerned with doing things that please you. When you devote too much time to attempting to figure out what is going to satisfy every single person around you, then you will lose who you are in all of those efforts to please everyone. You cannot be all things to everyone. In no way does this piece advocate for you to be a selfish person, it just acknowledges you have to take time for yourself to enjoy the things you love to do. You have to appreciate yourself.
When you periodically do things that are totally for yourself, this does not make you a selfish person—it makes you a person who understands that you cannot truly know how to be happy for someone else until you’ve made yourself happy. Don’t depend on other people to make you happy. You have the ability within yourself to make yourself happy. When you depend on other people to be happy, then you’re going to face a significant number of disappoints in life. You may never be truly happy when you wait on others to create true happiness within you.
True happiness originates within yourself. Yes, others can and will help your happiness to mature but don’t let others be the foundation of your happiness. If other people are the foundation of your happiness, it will inevitably crumble.
Too many people are far too focused on how they can get everyone to like them. You must understand that everyone will not like you. Some people will not like you without any rationale—don’t try to force them to like you because you won’t win them over. It’s better to have one or two good or great friends than to hang around a thousand people who you’ve fooled yourself that they’re your friends just so you can tout you have such a large number of friends. It certainly does not seem like you’re attempting to truly please yourself when you do this type of thing.
Participating in popularity contests will leave you exhausted, empty, disappointed, and unhappy.
Live in your own spotlight!
Have enough confidence in yourself to believe you can do whatever you desire to do. When people tell you that you cannot do something, transfer their negativity into positive energy. You don’t have to settle for doing the popular things that will gain you instant approval from people who are looking for microwave success. You have to know that if the path to success you have carefully planned takes years and not days, that you’re going to reach your goals and you’re no lesser of a success story than those who were fortunate to achieve success in a shorter period of time. For those who achieve success in a shorter period of time than you, please be sure that they’re truly successful and not putting on a visage of success.
Worry about yourself sometimes. Stop looking for approval from other people. People who win popularity contests really lose tremendously in the game of life.
Enjoy life. Be stress free. Live free!
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison