Sometimes, the toughest opinion to embrace is…your own.
Example: When I quit college, so many people chastised me that I became convinced I’d made a bad decision — even though I couldn’t imagine going back.
It took me 10+ years to learn how to feel comfortable with my own “weird” opinions.
How did I do it?
a) By watching other people confidently express their own unpopular opinions.
b) Practice! Every time you speak your mind, it gets easier — even when it seems like the entire world disagrees with you.
You can do this in a way that’s completely respectful, yet still doesn’t give up even an inch of your own personal values. (That last part is incredibly important.)
I’ll demonstrate by revealing 3 things I have zero appreciation for, even though they’re adored by millions of people.
1. Game of Thrones
My family loves it. My friends love it. So do many of my readers (many even suffered from existential angst when I scheduled a webinar up against it last month).
And yet… I JUST DON’T GET IT.
This isn’t for lack of effort. I’ve watched over a dozen episodes, and I still feel nothing.
I’ve even tried picturing myself as a character on the show…
…all to no avail. Oh well. Back to reruns of The Office I go.
I remember reading The 4-Hour Chef when it first came out.
I immediately went out and bought a $150 Le Creuset French Oven (why do they call it an “oven” when it’s just a pot with a lid on it?).
And proceeded to use it exactly…
It took me YEARS to finally come to terms with the fact that I just don’t like cooking!
At first, it felt really weird. Like there was something deeply flawed with me as a person.
But thanks to modern technology, I can microwave healthy and delicious meals in FOUR MINUTES. There’s no prep, no cleanup, and built-in portion control.
Maybe it’s because I relish the feeling of my feet hugging the ground at all times…
Maybe it’s because I already live in the exotic paradise known as the Midwestern US…
Or maybe it’s the simple fact that packing a suitcase, to me, somehow represents a challenge on par with a Grade-5 alpine climbing excursion…
But for the most part, I don’t like to go anywhere.
If I really need a break I’ll spend an afternoon at the zoo (most people don’t realize it but Omaha is home to the world’s best zoo).
Or if I’m feeling extra adventurous, I might drive down to Kansas City and eat Swedish Meatballs at Ikea.
Anything more than that is a huge pain in the ass I approach with extreme hesitation.
What about you?
Tell me about something you have little-to-zero appreciation for, even if everyone else loves it. Or flip it around and talk about something most people hate, but you like. Leave your comment below for everyone to see.
Tens of thousands of people will read this post, as well as the comments. It’s a great chance to practice the art of respectfully expressing your own weird opinions. I promise it’s going to feel great.