Shmuz #114

Creating a Balanced Self Esteem

In today’s culture there is great emphasis on self-esteem. Countless studies and reports claim that the key to success is a good, strong sense of self.

Does the Torah agree? Are there exceptions to this rule? Is self-esteem really all that integral to becoming a great person? And if I need to have high self-esteem to reach my potential, how do I balance that with the concept of humility? High self-esteem translates into thinking that I am very important; humility manifests itself into thinking that I am not. Aren’t these two concepts in utter contradiction?

This Shmuz introduces us to the correct source of self-esteem, highlights its importance in success, and gives us the formula for finding the balance between a good, strong sense of self and a healthy sense of humility.

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