Ideas are easy. It’s the implementation that’s work.
Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity.
This is one point Tim Ferris makes in a blog post about dealing with haters. The whole post is worth a read.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. – Ann Landers.
Be a taker rather than a giver of status.
For years I gave people status based on their outward appearances. I think this is common.
Take, for example, blonde jokes. We tend to assign blonde women status based on their hair. We assume they’re not very smart.
On the other hand, a dark haired woman is assumed to be smart – especially if she’s wearing glasses and professional attire. (Think librarian.)
A good example of this is contrasting the roles of Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu in the Charlie’s Angel’s movies. It’s stereotyping.
I used to give people status. Because I gave status away, I assumed people should give me status.
I spent years learning not to give people status based on shallow observations. As I stopped giving away status I stopped looking to others for status.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. – Chinese proverb.