My dear,

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

Mainly because that term ‘everybody’ includes everyone.

I don’t think it’s wrong to please the people who you actually like. In fact, the opposite. I think doing things that please the people you like in turn pleases you, and over time I think it actually attracts to you the people you like to be around.

I do think it’s wrong to please the people you don’t like just because. I don’t see any positive long term effects coming from it. Sure you seem good now for doing it, but if you look deep down are you really happy you just did something nice for someone who you think doesn’t deserve it? Doesn’t that wrap your gifts and kind actions in hate? Don’t you think people feel this subconsciously, if not notice it consciously? And if they don’t, doesn’t this just attract to you all the people you don’t like? All of them coming because they take your kind actions for your actually liking them? Doesn’t this lead to you being filled with more hate, and thus leads to this horrible cycle of events?

No, I don’t think you should not try to please people. But I do think pleasing everybody is bound to lead to negative results.

Falsely yours,
William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr.