On this International Women’s Day, I suggest to you, my sisters, that we need to stop worrying about being liked. I stopped some time ago.
I can think of many times when I ought to have hiked up my big-girl pants and told my truth. But I didn’t. I was afraid to challenge or offend with my differing opinion. For me, that worry ended long ago. Sometimes it feels uncomfortable but discomfort isn’t always something we should avoid.
That’s why this Q and A with Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski resonated with me. It’s from Time Magazine, published last fall. I recently found it in my doctor’s office where months-old magazines go to die.
Mika explains why being liked ought to be the least of our concerns. Be effective. Get respect. It took her until her 40s to figure this out. It took me a little longer on a consistent basis. So, Happy International Women’s Day! And I like you just as you are, sister, uncomfortable opinions and all!