We naturally tend to base our value as people or the value of our contributions on how much other people like or dislike us or what we contribute. This is a terrible travesty of justice! I say this because it is usually not a very accurate appraisal of who we are or what we do.
Most people judge others based on what they would and would not have done. This automatically puts others at a disadvantage simply because we are all different, with different capabilities, and different ways of doing things.
If you live your life as your authentic and unique self, you will make many people mad, but you’ll also make the right people glad! It isn’t that you’re trying to make people mad. It’s just that many people get mad when you don’t conform to the mold they’ve created especially for you! The problem with this mold is that it looks very identical to the mold they’ve created for everyone else. Only a perfect person will not offend anyone whatsoever! But, all the rest of us just have to live the best lives we can.
While we should strive to have good relations with others, the point is that once your value is no longer tied to whether or not someone else agrees, likes, dislikes, or approves of you, which stems from being afraid your image will be marred, you can then find a better balance between value and image.
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