Sunday, December 17, 2006

Dream Come True: Why Do You Have the Need For Acceptance?

For many of us, the need for acceptance began in high school. The desire to fit in is strong for most teens, and generally when you’re in school there is nothing more important than friends. Once we leave the structures confines of school and enter the adult world, it can be difficult to shake the feeling that you are only a worthy person if you have a lot of friends, or the “right” friends.

As adults, we need to discard the petty social pecking order of our school days. Life is not a popularity contest. It may not surprise you to learn that the most successful adults were social outcasts in school.

A large part of the reason for this is because they did not cultivate the acceptance of their peers, they were free to invest in themselves, gaining knowledge and developing strong personalities that did not depend on validation from the “in” crowd.

In case you need proof, check out the following list of successful people who struggled through high school at the bottom of the food chain:

· Henry Kissinger was called “a little fatso” by many of his peers.
· Voluptuous actress and model Heather Graham was teased constantly for being quiet and physically underdeveloped.
· Walt Disney was considered a shiftless dreamer who would never amount to anything by his teachers and fellow students.
· Eytan Sugarman- owner of the NYC nightclub Suede which is frequented by the likes of Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, and Leonardo DiCaprio- was a chubby and friendless child whose guidance counselors told him his life would go nowhere.

As an adult, you are much more capable of realizing that peer acceptance doesn’t matter outside of high school. You should strive to be true to yourself. Remember, there is a place for everyone- it’s a big planet.

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