You can’t please everyone…
…And you can’t make everyone like you or everything you do. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t.
I remember when I was a senior in high school, trying to decide what major to pursue in college. During one conversation with a classmate and her mom, I mentioned that I was interested in going into business. (My entrepreneurship teacher told me a few weeks before that I had a great gift for analyzing business situations and stimulating growth with products/services.)
“Business?” the mom asked in a disapproving tone. “You’re too smart for that. I thought you’d be pre-med.”
Sure enough, I enrolled at Clemson University a few months later as a pre-med student. I had internalized the opinions of everyone who thought that I was making the wrong decision to go into business.
A couple of years passed, and I knew I wasn’t happy. I had a 4.0 GPA, and my professors were ready to write letters of recommendation for the med school of my choice; however, I knew that my calling in life wasn’t to be a doctor. I wanted to speak and write, creating an empire that would positively impact millions of people around the world.
One day, I decided to stop trying to please everyone else and please myself. I changed my major to Communication Studies, and I am now on my way to creating that empire I used to only dream about. I have not only been able to make a living through my speeches, books, and other projects, but I have had the distinct opportunity to impact hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
Let me tell you something. You’re not going to fit in with everyone, and everyone is not going to like everything you do. But it’s okay. As long as you are striving to be the best version of your GENUINE self, then that’s all you can do. And you will be happy in doing it!
Remember this: You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there are still going to be people who hate peaches…
By the way, I saw that same woman a while back, and she still maintains that I should’ve been a doctor. Go figure…
Have a great rest of the week!