If you were able to choose between being liked versus being respected, which one would you choose? You can only choose one.
I think the more mature we get, the less we pay attention to being liked by everybody around us. We care less because we appreciate more the people who are there for and with us for the right reasons.
If you play the game of looking and wanting to be liked by everyone, you will most likely lose it. Why? Because it’s almost impossible to be liked by all the people, most of the time. Needless to say all of the time. If you try, probabilities are that you might end up losing yourself somehow in this process.