I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–It is:  to please everybody. (Herbert Bayard Swope, journalist)

Everyone wants to be successful. Libraries are full of books intended to help readers achieve their goals. Swope acknowledges that it’s really difficult to apply those “10 Steps to Success” in every situation, and he offers one very significant key to failure. It doesn’t take long to discover you can’t please everyone, so don’t try to. That may be your first step to success.

I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. (Galatians 1:10)