No matter where you are in your career, chances are you’ve received your fair share of criticism—from your boss, from your co-workers, and from your family.

And, although we’re constantly told to take criticism professionally and not personally (hey, even Hillary Clinton says so), sometimes the “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” motto just doesn’t work. Because words do hurt us, and negative comments can make our confidence crumble.

The only way to stop this from happening is to fully believe in ourselves. While everyone has different approaches for building confidence, we believe that these quotes are universal in giving anyone an instant dose of self-esteem. The next time you’re tempted to doubt yourself (because others are doubting you), use these quotes to remind yourself that yes, you can do it.



















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