How to Make Others Admire You

These days to be admired isn’t so easy.

It takes a certain kind of person, who has great qualities and great character.

Whether you’re a parent, an employee, or a public figure, earning admiration requires important skills.

Acting honestly, being trusted, displaying self confidence, showing tenacity are just some of the crucial basic abilities.

If you are someone who seeks to be admired, here are 11 tangible ways on how you can make others admire you:

1. Learn to be comfortable in your own skin.

The real purpose of your life is to evolve and grow into the whole person you are capable of being. It’s easy to get off the path and spend your time trying to be someone you think you’re supposed to be, but any effort to changing yourself for other people is bound to be hollow. The best you can do is be your true self.

2. Choose simplicity over complication.

So much of what we do makes things more complicated than they has to be. But when things get complicated it’s easy to become confused and lose your way. You’ll live a better life when you’re able to keep things easygoing and straightforward.

3. Don’t dream your life; live your dreams.

Never put off or give up on your dreams. You are powerful when you believe in yourself — when you know that you are capable of anything you put your mind to. When you finally decide just to be yourself, you can make your life look any way you want it to look. Go after your dream, no matter how unattainable others think it is.

4. Stop pleasing others despite yourself.

How many wasted years, months, days have you spent trying to please others? Making everybody happy is never your responsibility — if they like you for who you are, good, and if not, it’s not your problem. Do more of what makes you happy, and in turn you will make others around you happy, too.

5. Live fully and dare greatly.

Take risks and be bold. If you win, you win; if you lose you’ll still be wiser. Try new things and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, because every risk, every dare, is a victory over fear.

6. Don’t worry what other people think.

When you let go of worrying about the expectations and opinions of others, you can start standing out from the crowd and working on what’s important to you.

7. Embrace integrity — always.

Integrity is central to any admirable life. It’s about making sure your words are consistent with the way you behave, and that you’re willing to live up to what you expect from others.

8. Treat confidence as a superpower.

Confidence allows you to take on any challenges that are thrown at you and shows what you are made of. It’s impossible not to admire those who have been through a lot and can still keep moving forward.

9. Be interested to be interesting.

The most interesting people in the world are those who demonstrate authentic curiosity toward the world and people around them. Look around. Pay attention. Ask people to tell you their stories and listen.

10. Treat yourself as you treat others.

People who live to help and serve others sometimes forget to extend those principles to themselves. You can’t truly appreciate or care for anyone else if you don’t first appreciate and care for yourself.

11. Stop pretending or faking it.

You don’t have to pretend or fake it to have a flawless life to live admirable. Allowing yourself to be yourself in all your flawed human glory is ultimately the most admirable thing you can do — and life gets so much easier when you stop pretending and you stop faking.

In the end, attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect and mirror what you admire.

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Lolly Daskal is the founder of Lead from Within, a global leadership, executive coaching, and business consulting firm. You can connect with her on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Google+