Here are my top 5 reasons not to take other people’s opinions to heart:
Someone’s opinion of you is none of your business.
“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“What other people think of you is not your business. If you start to make that business your business, you will be offended for the rest of your life.” – Deepak Chopra
“What other people think of you is none of your business. You can’t change it, you can’t control it. The only thing you can control is your reaction to it.” – Amy Hatvany
“I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.” – Marcus Aurelius
It victimizes you to do so.
“Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” – Don Miguel Ruiz, author.
“Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu
“Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don’t base your self-esteem on their opinions.” – Harvey Mackay
“People will put restrictions on your ability, on your aptitude, on your talen, on your character, and to be honest, it’s just opinion. Don’t let anyone put you in a box or draw your path for you.” – Victoria Pendleton
They are a flawed human just like you and me.
“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.” – Albert Einstein
“Everyone has their own insecurities, regardless of how you look or how people perceive you, but sometimes people give their insecurities too much power. Defining beauty is simply a matter of opinion. For me, real beauty has very little to do with the structure of someone’s face or body.” – Devon Aoki
Opinions are not facts. If it’s not true, don’t accept it into your heart. If it is, and it bothers you, change it.
“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” – W.C. Fields
“The best way to avoid falling prey to the opinion of others is to realize that other people’s opinions are just that – opinions. Regardless of how great or terrible they think you are, that’s only their opinion. Your true self-worth comes from within.” – Travis Bradberry
“The biggest challenge is to not be affected by praise because a lot of it is not from the heart. Being true to yourself about your strengths and weaknesses, when everyone out there has a strong opinion and wants to give advice, is another challenge.” – Tena Desae
“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.” – Plato
It’s your life to live. The risks, the rewards, the consequences are all yours.
“Don’t let the expectations of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs.” -Roy T. Bennett, author.
“Don’t let other people’s opinions distort your reality. Be true to yourself. Be bold in pursuing your dreams. Be unapologetically you.” – Steve Maraboli
“Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs
“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell that truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.” – Les Brown
“No matter how loud their opinions are. They do not choose who you can be.” – Dodinsky
Here’s an article with some practical ways to stop taking opinions to heart: 10 ways to no longer take things personally