A few years ago a friend confided to me that he didn't think he was particularly successful. This man is a partner at a large law firm and on the board of several civic and professional organizations. He's constantly sharing his expertise with colleagues and lending others a hand.
I don't know what benchmarks this gentleman is measuring himself against, but if he's not successful, who is?
Countless women I've met rank even lower on the self-esteem scale.
I can't help but think that if we could see ourselves the way our dearest loved ones see us, we might not only be gentler in our self-judgment, but kinder to others.