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How to attain true self-esteem.
"According to the effort is the reward." (Talmud - Pirkei Avot 5:27)
In Judaism, it is the struggle, not the achievement of a goal, that matters. Because the final outcome anyway rests in the hands of the Almighty.
A person can thus succeed by winning a moral struggle, even if there are no tangible results.
But effort is difficult to quantify, so in our materialistic world we tend to disregard its value.
You are watching two people compete in a 100-meter dash. One runs a world record time of 9.3 seconds. The other crosses the finish line in 30 seconds.
Who attained success? The record breaker of course!
Except that the one who clocked 30 seconds had developed polio as a child, was unable to walk until he was 14-years-old, and had invested years of painful, grueling exercise until he was finally able to even run the distance.
We can never measure anyone’s value based on external success, because we can never know the circumstances he has had to deal with.Never measure anyone’s value based on external success, because you don’t know his set of circumstances.
We are born into a particular set of circumstances, as determined by God. We only have control over the effort that we exert. How we deal with our particular circumstances determines whether we are a success. Where we stand on the ladder is less important than how many rungs we’ve climbed.
Self-esteem comes from knowing you’re making the effort to grow. If we’re making our best effort, we can live with a deep and abiding sense of satisfaction.