Sometimes you just can’t help but be affected by others. Other people’s comments about you and your work or perhaps their total disregard of them can put off balance the best of us. As humans, we want to be appreciated and liked. Those are natural attributes that we share. Only that some people know how to mask it better than most. No matter, when it comes to yourself, you need to remember to put all of their opinions aside. Put yours first. What you think of yourself is the utmost important. Yes, you may seek consultation from others, especially from those that you trust and respect. But in the end, they should not cloud your personal evaluation. Be brutally honest with yourself. But do not exaggerate, especially on those that you are not proud of. Take everyone else’s with a grain of salt. Regardless how sincere they might seem. Your best option is to be the best advocate for yourself.