“When you are offended by someone’s shameless behavior, ask yourself, ‘Can there be a world without shameless people?’ No, it is not possible.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 9.42
People will always hate.
They will always try to knock you down to make themselves feel or look better.
Whether it is out of anger, jealousy, or fear.
“I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 12.4
It is your choice to be offended or not. If you take it personally you are complicit in their behavior .
Don’t want to be offended by it, don’t be.
You have to have the courage to be you. Sometimes that’s hard.
“‘What will happen to me?’ No one can tell you that. But with courage, you can say yourself, ‘I’m not sure, but I will get through it with my soul intact. I will make the best of it. I will not be afraid.’” RyanHoliday, Courage is Calling
As the old saying goes, sometimes you have to make chicken salad out of chicken shit.
You need to have an undying belief in yourself.
That doesn’t mean arrogance. It means that you know you can make it out the other side of any situation.
People will turn on you. Decisions that looked good in the moment will go south. What will you do?
“Fall down seven times, get up eight.” – Japanese proverb
Don’t let anyone tell you, you are done. A setback is just the next move in a game of chess.
Are you willing to make the next move?