In Others’ Word: They Like Me, They Like Me Not
There’s a lot of truth packed into today’s quote.
Some people are going to like you. Some people aren’t.
It’s as simple … and as challenging … as that.
Another way to put it? You can’t please everybody.
But, oh, don’t we try sometimes?
You know what finally convinced me that some people will like me and some people won’t? Publishing a book. Publishing a book earns you the opportunity to have your book reviewed by everyone and anyone. And I’ve learned that anyone will review your book — and not everyone will like it.
But Beth, you say, not liking your book is not the same thing as not liking you!
Well, let me assure you, sometimes a review feels very personal indeed — and both reading between the lines and reading exactly what the reviewer has written — it feels exactly as if someone is saying is “And by the way, I don’t like you.”
You know how I’ve dealt with this dilemma of “They Like Me, They Like Me Not?”
- I don’t read reviews anymore. Period. End of discussion.
- I anchor myself to the truth of who I am and Whose I am.
- I know who my family and friends are … the ones I trust the most. They like me. They love me — and they can confront me as needed because I trust them.
In Your Words: How do you deal with the “They Like Me, They Like Me Not” dilemma? Who in your life displays the attitude of Claudette Colbert, the actress who said, “You can never get everyone to like you, so why knock yourself out trying?”