Counterintuitive Self-Improvement Trick: Study People You Hate

When it comes to self improvement, the usual go-to advice revolves around role models. Find people you admire and use their lives as a template to discover better ways of approaching your own and a marker by which to begin to raise your own expectations for yourself. In bite-sized form, this same technique is probably behind the internet’s mania for inspirational quotes.

Step 1: name your nemesis

First identify the people that really trigger negative emotions in you. “Try this: turn your thoughts to that person you keep running into at networking events, whose elevator pitch always leaves you feeling greasy; the columnist whose opinions never fail to stoke the fires of your outrage; the once-cool, indie filmmaker who sold out and started dating fashion models; or the work colleague who seems to have made sucking up to his superiors his job description–any of the people who get under your skin or repel you,” she writes.

Source: www.inc.com

The traits that annoy you most in others are probably the issues you most need to work on in yourself, argues one entrepreneur.

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