Sometimes I’m a people-pleaser. I think many artists are bent in that general direction.
As artists, we often want applause, recognition or just the satisfaction of knowing we’ve made a difference. None of those things are innately wrong…until they become an obsession.
I know I can be overzealous at times.
I want to be wanted.
I like to be liked.
And I pretend it doesn’t matter to me if someone doesn’t like me–but it does matter.
Why? Because making people happy makes me happy–that’s why I love humor–that’s why I love entertaining, writing and any type of creating that changes something in someone.
Laugh it Up
So how do we fix a people-pleasing mentality?
I don’t know, but the only thing I can suggest is a bit of humor for tempering.
In that light, I present to you three miserable attempts at people pleasing, compliments of my dayjob…
1. Refuse to call people by their actual, real-life names.
There’s someone at work who’s name I got wrong when I first met her. She gave me a look as if to say “and you’re our PR Manager?”Look well deserved.
I called her the wrong name again this past week–and I’ve known her for about six months now. Impressive? Prolly not? Continue Reading…