Looking back, I grappled with a problem.
I wanted everyone to like me.
And what I’ve learned in thirty years is, not only is this impossible to achieve, but it also ironically makes you pretty hard to like.
An approach I now prefer is to simply carry myself the way the people I respect like.
At the end of the day, this is way more realistic than pleasing everyone.
And having switched to this mindset for many years now, I can confidently say I respect myself way more for it too.