Be Yourself

By: Nina D.

“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember - the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”

- Zig Ziglar

In my opinion, this quote means do not allow others’ opinions of you or your actions to affect you negatively. Do not try to change who you are just because someone dislikes specific characteristics that you possess. Be who you desire to be, because some will try to drag you down in order to gain confidence or increase their own personal self-esteem. 

I have applied this quote to my own life, by simply being open-minded and unbothered. There are over 7 billion people in this world and I understand that everybody is not going to like me or who I am as a person. However, I am not going to let one’s opinion affect me, especially if it is not a fact. I simply listen to their comment and usually reply with a “thank you” for sharing their opinion or viewpoint.

Others can apply this quote to their own life, by trying to be more understanding towards different opinions, instead of feeling disrespected immediately. You can always agree or disagree with a comment, but all criticism is not intended to harm one’s feelings, criticism can sometimes be helpful and allow people to think about situations or things differently. Listen, discuss and assert different viewpoints, but avoid potential offense.

Nina is a contributing author and a student at Benjamin Banneker High School in Washington, DC.