I took some time off from work last week.
Read time: under a min.
I spent some time on introspection and lots of time on realigning my values and focus areas. Most importantly, I touched on a factor that was on top of my mind for a long time.
I wanted to uncover a method to stop worrying about what others thought about me.
I know that I am not the only one who gets hung up on the nagging thought about what others think about you. I admire people who do not spend any waking moment worrying about other’s opinions about them.
I came across a famous quote from the book, Infinite Jest by David Wallace:
“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”
The fact is, everyone you are thinking about is also too busy thinking about the same thing you are.
High self-worth and not over-confidence, one that does not look down upon others, must precede your thinking. Remember, everyone else is trying hard to showcase their best self too. The pressure is off.
This, then, frees me from overthinking and allows me to care about what one person really thinks:
Thank you for reading.
Until next week.