Part II of you do you by Sarah Knight

Part II: DOs and DON’Ts: Rules for the breaking

  • Don’t be selfish *Life is short. Reclaim the word

“Selfishly setting boundaries and saying no so that you can focus instead on what brings you joy” (62).


“You can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself” (65).


“Knowing, asking for, pursuing, and preserving what makes you happy may be selfish. But it’s also smart” (67).


“The good kind of selfish is simply self-care. […] And sometimes you need to be selfish in order to help other people” (74).


“The by-product of getting your own life under control is that you become a more present, able, kind, and happy person for everyone else” (85).


  • Do your best *Except when you can’t. Or you don’t want to

“Being courageous is better than being perfect. Acceptance breeds confidence” (89).


“Don’t let doing your best get in the way of living your best life” (89).


  • Don’t be difficult *Ask for what you want 

“There is nothing wrong with liking things the way you like them and asking for what you want” (107).


“Don’t have to constantly settle for less than you want, need, or deserve” (110).


“When the going gets tough, having the courage of your convictions is admirable” (127).


  • Do be a team player *On the contrary, you can do you all by yourself

“Protecting your solitude is paramount to living a happy life” (134).


  • Don’t quit your day job *Take risks, ignore the doubters, and prove the haters wrong
  1. Face my fear of being judged, criticized, and looked down upon
  2. Step off the ledge (156)


“The seed of doubt can often be found growing out of your very own brain” (158).


I hope you enjoyed the following quotes from Part II of you do you by Sarah Knight and that you can follow an amended do’s and don’ts list on your happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤


Knight, S. (2017). You do you: How to be who you are and use what you’ve got to get what you want. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group

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