Should some people dislike you?

I want to begin by saying that I am a big fan of Darren Hardy, the publisher of Success Magazine. He usually writes great material and I’ve learned a lot from him.

One of his recent blog posts though misses the point. At least I think so. Using President Obama as an example he says that to be successful, really successful, you need to “piss people off”. I think he has it only partly right.

Hardy says that since at leat 49% of the electorate disagrees with the President this is somehow an indication of success.

First, the President is a politician and all politicians anger people and no politician has everyone’s approval. I do not disagree that a president will never have 100% approval. It is contrary to the nature of his job.

But does that translate to out personal lives or our business lives? I am not so sure. People who are liked tend to succeed more than those who are not. It is certainly true that if you are going to be successful some people will not like you and you will disagree with some people. But does that mean you need to anger people – to “piss them off” to be successful?

As a general rule it is not a good idea to anger people if you want to influence them in a positive way and that is exactly what you want to do to succeed. That is not to say you should agree with everyone all the time or decline to ever disagree or take action adverse to another. But there is a big difference between pissing people off and acting with principle. At least this is true most of the time.

Decide for yourself. Read Darren’s blog post on this and then let me know what you think. Do you have to piss people off to succeed?

Wishing you success and prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy
Helping People Learn to Build Wealth

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.