Life's too short to waste it on being well-liked

When I was growing up, there was nothing worse than being inauthentic. We even had a name for people too desperate to fit in. We called them posers. Because that’s what they were, human beings reduced to a single pose. Like window mannequins desperate to sell you on a corporate brand.

But the internet seems to have swung things in complete reverse. For the sake of being well-liked, people are willing to knot themselves in whatever pose the mob demands. Then apologize profusely for failing to hold the shape.

I don’t know how we let this happen, but I know it’s wrong. No matter what we do, someday we will die. Isn’t it right to have the greatest positive impact we can?

Sometimes it takes a great many small choices by a great many people. But sometimes fate decides that one small choice will shake the earth.

So why waste your life on being well-liked? Why spoil your limited time on frozen, as demanded by others? Why, when you can invest your life in making the world a better place?

Don’t be a dummy. Don’t strike a pose.

Figure out who you really are, what you really believe, and in what small way you can improve the world…

Then do it.