Do you care for what people think? #BookBytes – 4

Early this month on Women’s Day I shared a quote from Becoming by Michelle Obama.
Here it is.

What a fantastic read this book is proving to be, full of immense wisdom yet in no way preachy and so very relatable. Today I share another one from the same book. Take a read.

“This may be the fundamental problem with caring a lot about what others think: It can put you on the established path—the my-isn’t-that-impressive path—and keep you there for a long time. Maybe it stops you from swerving, from ever even considering a swerve, because what you risk losing in terms of other people’s high regard can feel too costly.”

Michelle Obama points out a trap a lot of young children fall into, specially girls. They strive to be ‘good girls’, to do what they think is expected of them, to stick to paths that are ‘considered’ impressive, without once looking inward. This is counter-productive on so many levels. They end up their shortchanging themselves, not using their inherent strengths and talents and disregarding their interests, condemning themselves to lives that are in no way fulfilling, simpy to win the approval of others.

If you stumble upon a quote, a line (or two) or even a passage that leaps out at you demanding to be shared do join in with #BookBytes. Here’s what you have to do:

  • Share it on your blog and link back to this latest post.
  • Put in the logo (above) so it’s easy to spot.
  • Leave the link to your blogpost in the comments so I can drop by too.
  • Book Bytes goes live every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month so the next edition is scheduled for April 2nd. Do join in.

19 Replies to “Do you care for what people think? #BookBytes – 4”

    1. Do it Lata. Sometimes the quotes just ask to be shared. I used to do Teaser Tuesday but then I lost the blog from where it started so decided to do this.

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    1. Though I’m not much for audio books, I find I cannot concentrate, I’ve heard the audio for this particular one is pretty good. Either way, it’s a book worth reading/listening to.


    1. I think we all were Anamika and it isn’t an all bad thing to strive to be a good girl but it can be counter productive if it stops you from exploring new things. As the book – I cannot recommend it enough.
      Looking forward to your post.


  1. So much to love about this book. I really wanted to do a detailed review but between the other blog’s demands and the fact that I don’t think I can do justice to the review, I shelved the idea. This is one book I am truly glad to have read this year. Started my year with it too 🙂

    The book is littered with gems like these. Each one a worthy bookmark.

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    1. I agree. There are so many many quotes that I want to share. And to think I might have missed out on it because of the no-book-buying pledge had Shantala’s giveaway not happened!

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  2. This is one book on which I could go to town with the highlighter (though I did not). So many quotes / thoughts I love! This is definitely one of them!

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    1. Absolutely. There were so many many things to like about it. I have another post lined up. Could probably do a bunch of them.


    1. Any Ordinary Day – putting it down on my TBR. Do join in at #BookBytes – some quotes demand full blog posts for the way they make us feel :-).

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