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Learn how to never let the opinion of others define you

Learn how to never let the opinion of others define youImage Credit: Supplied

In our career life, we come across a wide spectrum of people with whom we need to interact with on a personal level. Each of our interactions carries with it judgments regarding our approach to work, our professionalism, our character and many more.

Chances are, some of the judgments are not the way we perceive ourselves to be. Many of these may be critical and most of us get affected by these. Most of the time, they do not reflect who we truly are, but there are times when we give them undue importance and let them define who we are. Unfortunately, doing this affects our confidence level to a very great extent.

I once worked with a person who was always interested in pointing out my flaws, which resulted in me starting to doubt my abilities. The element of insecurity crept in and, before long, my productivity level came down. Fortunately, I managed to move away from that person, but for quite some time, I carried the words and judgments passed to me. When I realized the fact that I allowed that person, who in all probability has no major role in my career life, to define my life and hinder my growth, I took the way out.

We should not let unfair judgments curtail our growth. When we surround ourselves with the right people, we get that certain energy that will boost our self-confidence and remind ourselves who we truly are. We should never lose sight of this fact and the unique qualities that we have.

As we move forward in our career life and come across more people, we should take the time to remind ourselves who we truly are so that we do not let the judgment of others define us.

Handy Hints:

• Remember, what others say about you is not your business

• Accept constructive criticisms, but ignore the negative ones

• Be around right people to give your self-confidence a boost

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Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink