When "Almost" is Enough

While serving on several non-profit boards and committees, at times I have had to make some unpopular decisions. I remember one executive director, introducing me to a new staff member, said, “This is Barb. Everyone really likes her.” I gave him a look that meant, seriously??

He then amended his introduction by saying, “Well, almost everyone likes her.”

Looking at the new staff member, I responded, “I have discovered that if everyone likes you, you’re probably not doing anything.”

Fortunately for me, the staff person responded by saying, “You know, you’re right.”

Living like it matters means that, at times, you have to step up. You need to do things, say things, that reflect your truth. Even when others disagree or don’t like it—or you.

A well-lived life is not a popularity contest.