Take the test: Do I care too much what people think of me?

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1. Is approval from others important?

Seeking approval from others in our personal and business lives is not unusual. But in a world where we live so much of our lives online, the approval of others is more and more relevant.

Have we become a society that cares too much what other people think of us? Does it hold us back? Does it even matter?

2. The science

Seeking approval from others in our personal and business lives is not unusual. But in a world where we live so much of our lives online, the approval of others is more and more relevant.

Have we become a society that cares too much what other people think of us? Does it hold us back? Does it even matter?

3. Take the test: Are you a people pleaser?

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4. Why worry about what others think?

When is it not good to worry about what others think? Examples of those who succeeded against the odds.

JK Rowling

Famously wrote the Harry Potter series while living on benefits and struggling financially. The book was rejected several times before achieving global success.

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JK Rowling

“I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized…. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

Ed Sheeran

Singer and songwriter who dropped out of school at 16. He moved to London the following year to pursue a career in music.

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Ed Sheeran

Sheeran released his own music before signing to Asylum Records. "I can't tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone."

Caitlin Moran

Journalist, broadcaster and author of ‘How to be a Woman’. Moran has highlighted the importance of role models. Hers were Germaine Greer and Courtney Love.

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Caitlin Moran

“And if you'd see one woman who doesn't care at the age of fifteen, when you're shy and insecure, you can go, oh God I've got someone to copy, this is great.”

Sheryl Crow

American singer songwriter, who underwent treatment for breast cancer in 2006. The process forced her to take stock of her life.

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Sheryl Crow

“I had to learn to say no. I had to learn to be OK with not everyone liking me because I was a people-pleaser, a caretaker, and I had to unlearn that.”