Day 2340: What other people think about you is none of your business.

When I was minding my own business the other day and watching an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race — in which some contestants were very concerned about what other contestants thought about them — RuPaul got down to business and said something I had never heard before:

What other people think about you is none of your business.

Because RuPaul’s business includes helping people feel more self-esteem, RuPaul (who doesn’t seem to care what other people think) made sure that the contestants all repeated that phrase, several times.

Because I’m in the therapy business, I shared that phrase at yesterday’s Coping and Healing group, where 75% of all the participants  had suffered insomnia the night before.  I think it’s now my business to share my photos from yesterday:






Because many people make it their business to like Michael’s cooking, last night he served baked cod with pineapple relish.

Several people’s businesses on YouTube include creating videos about today’s important phrase, including this and this:

Is it anybody’s business that “What Other People Think of You is None of Your Business” is attributed to many people?  Here’s Deepak Chopra’s version of it:


Here‘s Salt-N-Pepa with “None of Your Business.”

What you think about me is  none of my business, but I still welcome your comments, below.

I make it my business to express gratitude every day, so thanks to all who help  me with my business of blogging and — of course! — to YOU.


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22 thoughts on “Day 2340: What other people think about you is none of your business.

  1. Oh, what a circle life is, Ann. If that title statement were true, none of those folks would be posting clips and getting views and comments, would they?

  2. It’s such a pleasure to have that clarity. How to keep it up is the question. I do value your observations and thank You, Ann, for talking to me every day. Nanu Nanu. .

  3. I was tempted not to respond – after all, do I want to know what you think? Well, I suppose I must 🙂

  4. I try not to dwell on what other people think of me, but I do think about what I think of other people. And, like Anne Frank, in spite of everything I believe people are fundamentally good.
    RuPaul, who always tries to bring out the best in other people, seems to believe that too–at least that’s what I think.

  5. I’ve never heard that saying before but I’m not sure completely agree with it. Sometimes people have good reasons to think the things they do about me and I like to have an opportunity to serve their needs better, offend them less, and so on if I can. If I know what they’re thinking about me, I am better able to rephrase the way I say things, consider their opinion, or head for a different space. Of course, if they simply don’t agree with me but I have considered my position carefully, then I’m quite content to ignore what they think of me even if I know it.

  6. I don’t give a rats ass what other people think of me if you don’t like me then it’s a you problem

  7. What other people think about you is none of your business. It’s like developing resilience, developing an armor that shields you. Each year it thickens even more until you realize you’ve made it through a desert: alive. I’ve also heard it being called ‘thick skin’.

  8. I first heard this wonderful encouragement from Wayne Dyer, and I don’t know who first started it, but it’s just the best! I try to remember it and embrace it…not always successful. 🙂 I do love RuPaul. I rarely see Drag Race, but I regularly listen to his podcast. He impresses me all the time!

  9. amarmajhu

    This is so well written, and so wonderful. Thank you so much for this! I’m bookmarking this article.


    It was good reading this and the words can inspire others as well and it inspired me to continue to do the work I do so thank you 😊

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