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Beginning when we were little girls, most of us are taught to deflect praise. We apologise for our accomplishments. We try to level the field with our family and friends by downplaying our brilliance.

We settle for the passenger’s seat when we long to drive. That is why so many of us have been willing to hide our light as adults. Instead of being filled with all the passion and purpose that enable us to offer our best to the world, we empty ourselves in an effort to silence our critics.

The truth is that the naysayers in your life can never be fully satisfied. Whether you hide or shine, they’ll always feel threatened because they don’t believe they are enough. So stop paying attention to them. Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are ignoring the owner’s manual your Creator gave you.  

What I know for sure is this: You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill you up.

-What I know For Sure By Oprah Winfrey

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