Tuesday April 30, 2013
“That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.”
William J. H. Boetcker
My personal experience with friends, family, colleagues and clients is that our very human need to be liked generates multiple problems for both the “liker” and the “like.” (I made up both of those words but I think you can get my meaning!)
The human potential movement pioneer and psychologist Dr. Abraham Maslow included belonging or our desire to affiliate in his famous “Pyramid of Human Needs.” It’s clearly a powerful motivator to action – including actions that fail to serve our deeper purpose and bigger vision for our lives.
Boetcker's simple but powerful quote can contribute to your truly living an extraordinary life.
How willing are you to do what you know is right, thus building self-respect vs doing what you know to be wrong, in order to please people?
Your comments, as always, are most welcome!
With love and respect,
P. S. I really appreciate it when you choose to turn on your friends, family and colleagues to these positive messages! Suggest they sign up for the blog or go to this link to enroll in my Extraordinary Minute weekly e mails. Thanks in advance!