Freedom is being disliked by other people

Gabie Rudytė
4 min readFeb 2, 2020

A few months ago I read a book titled ‘The Courage to be Disliked.’ I read it cover-to-cover, all 260+ pages, in one sitting and 5 hours.

To say that it was good would be a big understatement. I felt like I had a drastic shift in my thinking. I told quite a few people about it, they got the book, and they told me that they enjoyed it just as much as I did.

IF SOMEONE DISLIKES YOU, IT IS PROOF THAT YOU ARE EXERCISING YOUR FREEDOM AND IT’S A SIGN THAT YOU ARE LIVING IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR OWN PRINCIPLES.

I never thought that me stepping into my full power, living in a way that is important to me, and exercising my beliefs and principles is freedom.

But damn — IT IS freedom.

How many of us shy away from being our true, powerful, authentic selves? How many of us keep our dreams to ourselves because we are scared to be ridiculed, laughed at, teased, told ‘this is crazy, don’t pursue it.’? More importantly, how many of us keep our beliefs, values, and passions quiet because we’re scared of what other people will think about it?

Spirituality, Psychology, manifestation

all of these things are such a big part of who I am. It is what I believe in the most, it is what I’m most passionate about, and it is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing and pursuing.

Do you have any idea how much fear I had when it came to me pursuing spiritual life coaching? Spiritual life coaching wasn’t the problem itself — I knew I was going to be a great and supportive coach, I knew that people who resonate with my approach would feel called to work with me, and I couldn’t be more excited to follow my heart.

What scared me was telling others what I do — others who are not into personal growth or spirituality or ‘inner work.’

‘SPIRITUAL LIFE COACHING?! WHAT?!’

Oh, the endless conversations I would have with myself in my head about ‘what will that person think’ or ‘what will this person think.’?

I finally had to let go of all the mental torture and tell myself:

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Gabie Rudytė

Certified Life Coach + Creator who’s fascinated by this human experience. BSc Psychology. Exploring the depths of my inner world. www.InnerResearcher.com