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One of the hardest things I’ve been trying to do is letting go of what other people think of me.    I am working on that aspect of myself, and I know that with practice and determination, I can get it down.

This skill is based on self-reliance!

Caring about what others think is at the root of many of our personal and societal ails.  Bullies in schools bully because they want to look strong.  Wanting to look like a strong person is different from being a strong person.  By growing up focused on the opinions of others, children miss out on becoming genuinely strong.

If we can teach our children how to become self-reliant in this way… bullying in schools might stop being so prevalent.

True self-reliance is about knowing how to trust one’s self.  When we measure our self-worth on “what others think,” we are sure to be wrong most of the time.  Teaching our children to rely on their own judgments would allow them to develop true strength.

I love Emerson’s words, “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart, is true for all men – that is genius”

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