The Key To Failure Is Trying To Please Everybody [1 min read]

One of the quotes that I could tattoo on my skin is a quote from an American journalist Herbert Bayard Swope,


‘I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure:

try to please everybody all the time.‘ 💯


Let that sink in…

Take a look at the photo below. What do all these people have in common?



Are they successful? Yes.

Are they leaders? Yes.

Are they original? Yes.


But the point that I’m trying to make is – you probably guessed it already – they did NOT try to please everybody.

They’re OK with being disliked by most people because they’re being LOVED by their followers.

Richard Nixon said it best, ‘If an individual wants to be a leader and isn’t controversial, that means he never stood for anything.’


Imagine the Latvian singer Dons tried really hard to make me like him. That would be a disaster! 😱 Instead, he doesn’t care about me disliking him and is infinitely better off focusing on his listeners, and his shows end up sold out.


Next time you’re pitching your ideas to people and they don’t like them, think – maybe you’re talking to the wrong audience?

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