If you try to please everybody, you will please nobody.
Just the other day, on a way from a bookstore, that quote appeared in my mind. Who said that? I’m sure I read it somewhere! A simple search on the web did not bring anything. But I did find something very related by Bill Cosby.
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Does this affect me in any way?
Yes it does.
In a big way!
It stops me. It limits me. I don’t do things because of it!
Sometimes I hesitate, or don’t do something because I am not sure of how somebody else will receive it. I wonder, what will somebody think of me. Is this good enough for them?
Is it good enough for me?!
That should be the question I ask myself. If I like it, that’s a good enough reason for doing it.
Try to please yourself. To like yourself. To have faith in yourself.
When I start thinking about others and their reaction to what I do, that limits me, that puts pressure on me that I have to overcome.
I know. I should be stronger. But sometimes I am not. Or sometimes I give in to that “external” influence.
And that’s what’s wrong with trying to please everybody.
Trying to please everybody might stop you from doing anything!
So what’s better?
If something that you do pleases yourself, then that’s enough.
For instance, when you write a blog, this type of thinking comes up a lot. Especially when you gain some readership. What should I write about? What if I write about “something” and this and that is not going to like it. What will they think of me? I am going to look foolish/silly/stupid. Hmm.. Maybe I should write about something else. And on and on.
This loop is very dangerous.
You’re not in the business of pleasing others. You want to learn. You want to grow. You want to move ahead.
You see. It’s about YOU!
Why don’t you write about something that you like and you feel satisfied? And if somebody else does not like it? It’s your blog! The power of choice! He or she can choose to read something else!
Plus, if that somebody else will feel strongly about it, or see something really bad, then they will let you know about it.
You wouldn’t worry so much about what other people thought if you realized how seldom they do.
I think we become too attached to something that we don’t really have. Something that we don’t really control. And that “thing” controls us! Don’t let that happen to you.
But it did.
It did to me.
But you can change it!
You want to be happy, right? You control your actions. Don’t be afraid to be yourself! And try to please yourself. (Others will like it!)