Inspired by Machiavelli’s quote I decided to write this short article. The quote says: ”Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Everyone sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.”
This quote is from Machiavelli’s most famous book ”The Prince”, where the author is giving advice about how a Prince should build his public image by pretending to be something he is not.
Even though the quote is meant to teach you on how to be a good pretender, I would like to give a totally opposite interpretation of the quote. I am one of those people who doesn’t like to pretend. I am what I am, and people can take it or leave it. And I advice you to do the same.
Yes it is true that people usually see in others what they want to see or what others appear to be in front of them. It is also true that it is up to you and only how do you want to appear in front of others. Are you showing your true self to others or you just pretend to be something you are not?
As much as you do try to be liked and as much you change yourself for others, just to be liked by them, the most likely outcome is that they are going to let you down one day anyway. Therefore don’t try to trick anyone to like you for something you are not. They will find out the truth about you one day and you are going to be embarrassed.
Embrace yourself as you are, and always show your true self to the world. Do not pretend. Personally I prefer to be alone than with someone who wants to change the way I am in order to like me. So, ignore this kind of people, because there will always be someone around who is going to love you as you are.
For all those who don’t love you as you are, just sing the lyrics from this cool song that I shared with you below. Enjoy.