“It is unrealistic to expect people to see you as you see yourself. If people reach conclusions based on false impressions, they are the ones hurt rather than you, because it is they who are misguided.” – Epictetus
You alone know what you are working on and what you are trying to accomplish with your life and your work. So when you see yourself, while you may see all of your own weaknesses and shortcomings you will also see what you are trying to become. No one else can see that. In fact, some people don’t understand a constant effort towards self improvement. Many people are very happy how they are. Good for them. Those people may very well judge you based on a single encounter. It might not have been your best day or even your best moment on a good day. It might have been your worst moment on a really bad day. In reality everyone is judging you through the prism of their experience. Ultimately, what does that matter though?
People’s thoughts about you are going to have far less to do about you than it does that person’s particular experience. The best any of us can do is to be our best and hopefully make other’s experiences more enjoyable.
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