To prosper in this world, you actually need to have thick skin. For absolutely no reason at all the wolves will come out after you and attempt to tear you and your reputation to shreds. Likewise, people around you’ll compliment you with hollow praise and attempt to bring your ego up. If we fall into permitting both these ways of the world to define us, we will certainly get caught up in a whole world of suffering.
We have got to believe in ourselves. While this is undoubtedly one of the toughest things to do it’s also one of the most rewarding lessons you can ever learn in life. No matter what, when the challenges and praise comes, you continue to can maintain who you are. The enticements of life will make attempts to make you change who you are into what the world would like you to be.
Avoid this at all costs. Don’t change for those reasons. Instead, change for yourself and who you know you might be in future times. Continue to grow and continue to improve your life day in and day out because that is what feels right to you.
Then, when you finally reach the end of the line, you’ll always be able to say that you stayed true to yourself regardless of everything else. To me, that sounds like a pretty happy life.
So start believing in yourself. You never know what you are capapble of until you really go for it.