You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
Perhaps one of the most disempowering choices we can make is to allow what other people think about us to define us. It doesn’t matter if they are praising us or blaming us – what they think about you doesn’t define you. If anything, it adds insight into who they are.