Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Suess

I read this quote from Dr Suess recently and began to think about what it meant and found it to be quite profound.

What do YOU think?

What a wonderful outlook on life.

Read another way it says “Be true to yourself and don’t worry what others think.”  Far too many people spend countless hours considering what others will “think” of their actions and decisions.

In fact, the vast majority of them won’t consider you or your decisions for more than a fleeting moment, let alone “think” about it.  But it is human nature to want to be seen in a positive light by as many others as possible.

So we make adjustments to what we actually want to do because others may not “think” it is a good idea. This can never result in a good outcome because you will always resent the fact, consciously or unconsciously, that you modified your plan, not to suit yourself, but to suit what others deemed as acceptable.  And all too often, that is merely a perception, not borne out by fact.

This is where Dr. Suess’s saying comes to the fore – “because those who matter don’t mind and those that mind don’t matter”.  True friends and loved ones will always support your dreams and aspirations, even if they don’t necessarily agree with them.  It is the support that is crucial.  That is why they matter, and why they don’t mind.

The remainder of the world should not have any influence on your decisions.  If any of them do mind, they are entitled to their opinion, but it doesn’t matter, and they won’t think about it for more than a few moments.

Don’t let them become dream stealers and alter your course.

Surround yourself with like minded people who have a positive effect on your life.

So, if you have something you want to achieve, pursue it with all your heart.  The satisfaction you feel when you fulfil that goal is immeasurable.

Nothing is more important than what YOU think.  After all, they are YOUR dreams.

Mark Wyatt
Mark’s Wanderings and Wonderings