Don’t Care About What Others Think

In the book “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu says one weakness that leads to failure is having “A delicacy of honor which is sensitive to shame.”

Having a sense of honor is a good thing, but it can be dangerous when the thought of shame leads to losing actions, such as entering a battle that can’t be won.

Typically, people pride themselves in being stubborn with the paths they choose so much so that they will continue fighting a losing battle just because they don’t want to admit that they have chosen a wrong path.

But doing this is a mistake. Sun Tzu says to never make decisions based solely on the fear of people laughing at you.

Sometimes the path you’re on isn’t the path you’re supposed to be on. Sometimes it’s a better idea to just step back and try a different path.

Remember that sometimes retreating and admitting your mistakes and moving on will enhance your reputation more than stubbornly fighting a losing battle.


14 thoughts on “Don’t Care About What Others Think

  1. Oh I completely agree. I also think that the path itself doesn’t ever present itself, contrary to what several people say. I feel we definitely make our choices and it’s the choices we make that lead us to the path eventually!

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  2. luckily most of reach a stage where we don’t take ourselves so seriously and learn to laugh at ourselves rather than be upset that others are laughing about something we did or said. False pride is a killer of being human. Staying at a bad job or bad marriage because of what others might say or think is a hard hurdle to leap. Humility steps in and we discover we don’t have to be right, correct or perfect.. just human..

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  3. This is another great post that I like. You are right, this is a reality. There are a lot of people who are stubborn to admit that they made a mistake and opt to stick to their choice even if they themselves know that it was not the right one they have chosen. And it is this type of people who are also the most difficult to deal with… For me, I believe it is more honorable to stick to what is Right, even if everybody else choose the Wrong thing to do or to believe in.
    You are really gifted in choosing very good topics, Vincent! =)

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    1. As I like to stay, be stubborn with your end goal and flexible with the journey. Often times people pride themselves on being stubborn with the journey and the end goal.

      I’m glad you like my topics Nina:)

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