Friday, March 01, 2019

The power of Self-Esteem or Self-belief

A beggar was sitting at a train station with a bowl full of pencils. A young executive passed by and dropped a dollar into the bowl, but didn’t take any pencils. He then boarded the train, but just before the doors closed, the executive suddenly exited the train and went back to the beggar. He grabbed a bunch of pencils, and said, “I will take some pencils. They are priced right. After all, you are a business person and so am I,” and he dashed back on to the train. Six months later, the executive attended a party. The beggar was also there, dressed in a suit and tie. The beggar recognized the executive, went up to him, and said, “ You probably don’t recognize me, but I remember you.” He then narrated the incident that had happened six months before. The executive said, “Now that you remind me, I do recall that you were begging. What are you doing here in a suit and tie?” The beggar replied, “You probably don’t know what you did for me that day. You are the first person in my life, who, instead of giving me charity, gave my back my dignity when you grabbed a bunch of pencils and said, ‘They are priced right. After all, you are a business person and so am I.’ after you left, I started thinking to myself-what am I doing here? Why am I  begging? I decided to do something constructive with my life. I packed my bag, started working and here I am. I just want to thank you for giving me my dignity back. That incident changed my life.”

Moral of the story :- What changed in the beggar’s life? What changed was his self-esteem went up and so did his performance. That is the magic of self-esteem. Self esteem is the way we feel about ourselves. When feel good the world looks nice, productivity goes up and relationships are a lot better. The reverse is just as true. Self-image is the way we see ourselves. Our opinion of ourselves critically influences everything, in every walk of life.
High self-esteem is driven by self-acceptance and self worth whereas low self-esteem
is driven by fear and self-doubt.

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