In order to be liked by others, don’t give up on yourself.
“Be yourself, everyone else is taken”, said the wise Oscar Wilde.
When you follow the authentic path even though it seems the difficult choice, the people that are meant for you navigate towards you and accept you more than you were imagining yourself in being inauthentic.
O, btw, that desire stems from a lack of healthy self respect and urge to protect the ego. When you sit in meditation, learn from intellectual books, speak royal language (ZERO negative or energy draining words), and most importantly, do your self checking and changing, you develop a healthy relationship with the person in the mirror.
That self respect, takes us away from the need to impress people who do not belong to our genre and automatically brings internally empowered and empowering people into our orbit.