Maya Angelou’s Best Advice

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By Gabriel Gonsalves

Personal mastery, leadership development, and spiritual growth with the heart in mind. 

Maya Angelou

We spend a lot of time, energy, and money trying to convince others of how special and wonderful we are. We do it at work, in business, and in our personal lives.

We do this each time we tell ourselves…

If I could only attract more people, more customers, and more “like-minded” friends, I would be happier.

If others could only see how valuable and amazing I am, I’d feel valued.

If they could just see my perspective, I would feel understood.

If they would only speak my love language, I would feel more connected to them.

If others could express their love and affection, I’d feel loved.

So, we keep focusing on what’s missing, which keeps us from feeling happy, worthy, accepted, connected, or loved.

What if, instead of trying to persuade people who may never fully love, value, appreciate, or understand us, we focused on nurturing the relationships we already have with people who do?

What impact would that have on your work, business, and personal life?

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Maya Angelou

When people treat you like they are not interested or care about you, believe them. This is Maya Angelou’s best advice.

Statistically, 50% of the people you will meet in life will simply not like you, regardless of what you do to try to change that. And 80% of the love and affection we get is from only 20% of our family and friends.

Why not focus then on nurturing the relationships with clients, friends, and family members who already love us, get us, and we feel connected to?

If you did that this holiday season, how different would you feel?

From my heart to yours,

Maya Angelou