Finished up a short book titled "On Confidence" and took away some great quotes/lessons to life. A major trait in people is comparison and external validation, both of which can become destructive to the self. Be unique, be yourself and love your life.
Lesson 1: Nobody is immune to insecurities and nervousness even if they display it this way. Understand we are all people who make mistakes. Don't mistake any person as being perfect.
"Other People must be as anxious, uncertain and wayward as we are."
Lesson 2: We all have our own battles, and each of us is doing our best to live a good life. Show empathy.
"Maturity means going from the myth of a person to a full recognition of their humanity."
Lesson 3: Achievement and failure do not define who we are.
"our achievements are not our being, and the failure of our actions does not presuppose failure of our entire selves."
Lesson 4: Life is too short to worry about failure or embarrassment. Go out and live honestly.
Lesson 5: We will have enemies, but cannot let them control what is false about us.
"We cannot change the presence of an enemy, but we can change what an enemy means to us."
"We will constantly be the target of anger, but we don't have to believe ourselves to be its true cause."