Never let someone else's opinion of you define who you are.
I recall growing up on the Westside in a one parent household. Being the only male (and the youngest) in a home full of women, many people wrote me off at a young age. I even recall when in high school hearing my then girlfriend's father yelling, "I don't see why you're with that lil monkey anyway! He ain't never gonna amount to s**t!" Interesting comment considering we all came from the SAME housing projects....a few doors down even!
But like one of my favorite songs says, "the motivation for me, was them telling me what I could not be". So, I was determined to be someone I didn't mind seeing in the mirror. My success...my relevance...my worth was going to be determined by ME! And guess what? I like me. I'm a pretty ok dude.
A big mistake some of us make is trying to please others....be someone who we're not. But how do YOU feel about you? When you look in the mirror, do you recognize the person you see? Do you like them? If you answered no to either of the last 2 question, your next one should be, "why not?" Until you know that answer, you are driven by the opinion of others
That can be the longest, most disastrous trip of your life.
Here is today's thought:
"The only permission, the only validation, and the only opinion that matters in our quest for greatness is our own.“
--- Dr. Steve Maraboli
Two Fingers, One Love