“The unhappiest people in this world are those who care the most about what other people think”
Cast back to 2015, and you will find Annie was one of the young women you see today that follow the stereotypical style. I literally looked like every other girl, acted like them, spoke like them and thus morphed into somebody I was not. I had the fake nails, the makeup mask, the monochrome Kimmy K clothes. I attempted to be someone that I knew I wasn’t, which left me unsatisfied with life, without a personality and quite rightly so, downright depressed. I then (thank you God) heard this incredible quote which changed my life forever:
“I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!” – Theodore Roosevelt
Basically, enjoy being you and do not even bat an eyelid at what everyone else thinks. I now wear bright colours and love it, I actually say exactly what is on my mind (unless it is something very bad) and don’t care what people think. I have my voice, my personality and myself back.
So, how on earth does this relate to your business? Well, being afraid of what others think basically affects your ability to take risks and thus reach your true potential. When you stop caring, you can really push the boundaries. This is time and place that businesses thrive. No one gets anywhere playing it safe.
Wow this is turning into a bit of a motivational message hey!
You will also be a lot better off financially too. Did you really buy the latest computer for your establishment because you actually need it? Was your other one more than a few years old and not woking great? Or did you upgrade because you want to look a certain way to everyone? When you focus on improving non-superficial things you can spend the money on real needs for your business, not silly needs. I hate to break it to you, but no one actually cares as much as you think they do. Everyone is too caught up in how they themselves appear, than to give you or your computer space in their head. You can’t please everyone all the time, and as the great Dita Von Teese once said:
“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches”
Respect your customers opinions and needs, but don’t care what they think. Not caring what people think doesn’t mean being disrespectful, it means the voice in your head is louder than anyone else’s.
I shall finish off with another great Roosevelt quote, but this time from his wife Eleanor:
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”
What a great couple.
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