What I Learned from Obama
As I watched a few minutes of President Obama’s inaugural ceremony I was struck with a fantastic success epiphany.
I realized why I’m not more successful:
Too many people like me.
Candidly, I don’t like it when, let’s just say, one out of a hundred people listen to my keynote talk, read my blog or book or Facebook posts, tweets or Publisher’s Letter, and don’t like me or what I
But that’s my problem:
Not enough people disagree with me.
Not enough people dislike me.
(twice now) arguably the highest position any human can achieve, President of the United States of America, making him (arguably of course) the most powerful human being on the planet.
And 49% of people in his own country disagree with him and dislike him—some passionately.
Here is our lack of popularity comparison:
Me=less than 1%
Obama=President of the U.S.A.
The success epiphany is this:
The higher you climb on the ladder of success, the more people will dislike you.
Climb high enough and people might dislike you passionately, maybe even hate you.
Let that be okay.
Consequentially, if you are not as high on the ladder as you want to be, it might be because you are too worried about people disliking you.
This is keeping you from really challenging ideas, stirring up the status quos and leading a life by your own definition, regardless of the cultural or societal memes or expectations that surround you.
My new goal for 2013:
Piss more people off!
Please don’t tell me how much you like or hate Obama in the comments below. If you do, you will only reveal that you missed the point entirely. Thanks!