“If you sell yourself out to get approval, you will miss what you really want: authenticity, passion, and aliveness. When you say no to what does not match your intentions, you are saying yes to what you really want and you are one step closer to it. People with integrity will respect you more, not less, for following your truth.
If people criticize or reject you for being authentic, do you really want to be with them? When you stand in your truth, you will find out who your true friends are. It is far better to have a few good friends who accept you for who you are than a lot of “friends” who accept you because you are doing the dance they expect. The only thing more important than people liking you is liking yourself. If you can “sleep in your own skin” at night, your life is a huge success.”
Alan Cohen, in “Why Your Life Sucks…And What You Can Do About It”
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