Self-Worth: Know what you want. You don’t need to prove to the world what you’re worth.
Work quietly towards your goals. You don’t always need a personal website, a beautiful Instagram grid showcasing your perfectly manicured nails on your keyboard, an inspirational post that goes viral on LinkedIn, speak at events, attend every single event or workshop, tweet twice a day, or work at a fancy cafe.
If you have a goal, everything you do should contribute to it.
Worry less about what the world thinks, the latest gossip or news the society’s diggin’, what your peers are posting on their Instagram feed and what their personal website looks like.
Care less about your entrepreneurial competitors who are traveling around the world giving talks instead of working on growing their ventures.
Try to minimize all unnecessary distractions. You don’t need to identify yourself with a group or movement to prove anything.
Put your head down and work, not because there is someone better out there (sorry, Brian McBride), but because you have a goal to achieve.
It could be a fitness goal, a goal to learn a new language, or simply to clear the clutter in your life after a bad relationship and restart.
You don’t need to be like everyone else - you just need to be you.
You don’t need to be entrepreneurial like everyone else if you find meaning in your current job. You don’t need to be ashamed for enjoying your time working in a 9-5. You don’t need to feel pressured by anyone or the society to learn tech.
You only need to know what you want in your life, and work towards that.
If that requires you to learn some tech skills, go learn some tech skills.
If that requires you to speak at an event, go speak at events.
If that requires you to increase your network, then go for networking events and build your connections.
I’m asking you to do whatever you think it takes to achieve something YOU want to achieve. Not what the society expects of people your age, not what your peers think you should do, not what the media subconsciously baits you to do.
Know what you want.
You don’t need to prove your worth to anyone else.
So what if people don’t recognize your achievements? You don’t need their validation to live, to thrive, to be happy, and to be allowed to love yourself for who you are, where you are, and what you are.