Know yourself.

Author:Hughes, Garrett
 
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On our team at SUCCESS, people seem to think of me as being really confident. But they don't know about the winding road that led to my confidence.

Like most kids growing up, I found myself on the receiving end of my classmates' mockery. My hair, clothes, even my living arrangements with my grandparents were not off-limits. The constant onslaught of negative energy led me to be very self-critical and created a lot of doubts for my younger self. Perfectionism was my answer to counterbalance the ridicule of others. But it limited me. I stayed in my comfort zone and avoided challenges, thinking it would spare me from judgment and failure. This did nothing but increase my frustration and lower my ambition.

The wisdom of my grandmother was the major influence to shift my mindset and move me toward greater self-belief. One day she told me to remember this above all else: Know yourself. To know yourself, you must be fully comfortable with who you are and the choices you make. Your opinion about yourself is the only one that matters. Do not fall into the trap of trying to fit everybody else's image of an ideal person. The moment you decide to be comfortable with who you are, you will notice the love for yourself increase...

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