Who Are You Trying To Impress? My Reasons To Stop The Need To Impress Others

Lukas Schwekendiek
5 min readJun 30, 2021

After a while of trying to impress people you’ll come to a very simple realization: Who are you trying to impress?

Let’s assume you do impress the people around you with your antics and they love you for it. Who are you surrounded by then?

People that love you for what they see will stay around, but that will not mean that they will love you for who you are!

By impressing others you surround yourself with those that are impressed by who you portray yourself to be.

If you flaunt your wealth you will gather those that love those who flaunt their wealth and probably would do the same.

You do the same if you flaunt your beauty, muscles, confidence, or any other thing.

The problem with that is that those people only love you for as long as you can flaunt it around!

For should you not give them what they want anymore they will have no reason to stay.

It is this pattern that creates fake friends in the lives of most people while constantly pushing them to impress others more with the same things.

Over time that simply gets exhausting.

The show you put on in an attempt to make others like you might have been fun at first, but if you stopped it now you’d loose everyone close to you.

When you truly try to answer this question and find out who you actually want around you, the answer will be quite simple: People that like you for who you are.

But those people you won’t have to try to impress!

They are simply around you by you just being more of who you are!

In which case you should not try to impress others, but rather try to not impress them so you weed out the people that only like you for who you pretend to be.

That, to me at least, was a big eye-opener in why I eventually stopped trying to impress others.

For it’s the people I do not need to try to impress that I wanted to have around me all the time, as those would love me for who I was.

Lukas Schwekendiek

Life Coach, Speaker, Writer. Published on TIME, Inc & Huffington Post.