A few days ago, John from 37signals blogged about why they disagree with Don Norman. Don had criticized them for designing for themselves, instead of other people. John responded by saying that “Designing for ourselves first yields better initial results because it lets us design what we know”, among other things (read the post for more).

I agree with John on this one, and I think it can be expanded to a greater theme, and one that raises an interesting question.

In your life, in the choices you make, who are you making the choices for? Are you making decisions for yourself first? Or are you making decisions trying to please others?

Personally, I do think that others are important. But I do also believe that you’re better of making decisions for yourself, living your life according to what you think is best.