Do you care whether you are praised or criticized?Does a compliment make you happy?Does an adverse remark make you unhappy?Do you have fame , envy or admiration as your goals?If yes , then you self-esteem is coming from others .And that is dangerous .Why do you give others power over you and control your mind and state of happiness?Your pursuit of happiness should depend on you alone , and on no one else.Don't place others before your self.Be great , rather than wanting to be thought great. Donot lead a second hand life.Do not be a second- hander.
Don't run after popularity . Give honest judgment to a friend , even if it is unpleasant .Demand a certain quality in people you like.Donot believe in fratenities , professional associations , etc.
Have a self .Respect your self .If you do not respect your self , you can have neither love , nor respect for others.Be true to yourself .Have robust independence, an impeccable integrity and an enviable competence .Be fiercely independent.Never sacrifice your integrity and your independence even for the best causes.Sacrifice of integrity or independence can never be a virtue.The integrity of your creative work is of greater importance than any lofty endeavour.
Be competent .Before you can do things for others , you must know how to get things done .That is competence.To be competent , you need to have love for what you do .Also the way you do your work .Your work done your way .Develop the habit of working meticulously.(Zero errors)..Know every part of your work.Do a thing for your own purpose.
Do you like to hold power over another human being?Rulers of men are dependent on their power.Donot decide for others.The man who goes after power is the worst second-hander of all.
Do you share credit with others?More than that , do you share dis-credit with others.?Be clear that all credits and discredits are yours alone .Be the responsible doer.No one can really hurt you or help you .
If you believe in the above , you will have some wasted periods in your life.But that is the price you pay.Donot give in when circumstances are adverse. Donot sell the person you love for money or for popularity.Then I will be proud of you.