Megyn Kelly said she would rather be respected than liked.
The 45-year-old Fox News anchor opened up about her job in the summer edition of Ladies’ Home Journal.
“When I started my job in broadcasting, my boss said, ‘There will never be anybody else like you. As hard as they try, they won’t get it, and you don’t have to waste emotional energy worrying about somebody trying to imitate you,'” Kelly said.
“Not only has that given me the confidence to shine on my own, but it has allowed me to root for my fellow women in the industry much more sincerely.”
In August, a feud between Kelly and Donald Trump began when she asked him if he thought his temperament was presidential because he had previously called women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” (RELATED: Megyn Kelly Doesn’t Want Donald Trump To Take Credit For Her Success)
“Women sometimes shy away from head-to-head conflict — especially with a man. Challenge yourself to keep your cool and engage,” she said during her recent interview.
“Stand up for yourself and what you believe in. You may walk away with your heart pounding and your palms sweaty, but each time it will get a little easier, and before you know it you’ve become someone who can handle it and stand up for yourself.”
“I think women in general are raised to want to be good girls and to want to be liked. Men are raised in a different way. It’s just now in the past few years, that I’ve come into my own in terms of not needing to be liked. I want to be respected. I want to be good at what I do. Being liked is a bonus.”
Kelly said her mother taught her to never play the victim card. (RELATED: Everyone On Twitter Just Decided Megyn Kelly Won The Fox News Debate)
“She taught me that wallowing in one’s victimhood is counterproductive to happiness and thriving in life.”