People place their self worth in the hands of others instead of their own. They spend too much time thinking about how others perceive them. In other words, their sense of value is extrinsic and comes from external factors. These sources can be their peers, social institutions, or what they hear and see in the media.
Precious metals such as gold and silver are said to have intrinsic value. This value has traditionally been thought to lie at the heart of ethics. The intrinsic value of something is said to be the value that that thing has “in itself,” or “for its own sake”. Gold, for example, is non-toxic and never tarnishes or corrodes. These unique properties make it what it is. More importantly, it is SCARCE.
Just like these precious metals, you are a unique person with your own set of qualities that are not easily found elsewhere. You too are scarce. Regardless of what scientists have managed to clone these days, they will never be able to duplicate you. Your experiences and thoughts make you the person that you are now. However unlike gold, people do carry certain imperfections and can very well be toxic at times. Such is life.
But if you are waking up each morning thinking of new ways to learn and grow as a person, than you are consistently building your worth. You are not only becoming more valuable to society, but to your family and friends. Only you will know how hard you are pushing yourself to become a better and more enlightened person.
It can be hard to remember to keep this attitude. People are constantly bombarded by negative messages that can take a toll on their psyche. The important thing to remember is, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. OK maybe that isn’t as useful as it once was but it carries an important message. If one person’s opinion of you can have such a big impact, than you have not spent enough time on your mental toughness. Let’s face it, the world isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. It can be rough out there. Developing a mental toughness doesn’t mean being hostile or defensive. It is simply there to help deflect the thoughts, words, or intentions that will stunt or inhibit your growth. As you develop a thicker skin, you will have less and less trouble shrugging off other’s negativity.
So start to see yourself as a unique individual who is scarce in today’s world. The workplace has conditioned people to view themselves as a dispensable robot. The reality is, nobody truly knows your worth but you. So don’t sell yourself short.
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