Is that who you want to be?

In a conversation with a friend, someone I’ve never liked much came up and before I could verbalize that, they proceeded to tell me something very nice that person had said about me. Here was someone I’ve never liked, a fact that’s always colored my interaction with them, treating me with respect I couldn’t even afford to them.

We both faced the same situation: I went one way, he went the other. But which path, if you cut away, would you prefer people to assume you took?

If we had no faults, we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of la Rochefoucauld

Written by Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as Grammy Award winning musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.