Self-respect is the most important in life to live life with dignity. If you lose self-respect, you lose everything. No one has the right to make you feel inferior just because you are not as good as him or her. No one has the right to treat you badly even if they are your loved ones, friends, relatives, colleagues, etc.
If you have no self-respect, others won’t also respect you. There is a difference between banter and insult. You have to understand the difference. There are many times in life when people try to demean and mock you. They try to insult you in front of others. It is the time when you have to take stand for yourself. You have to make it clear that you won’t tolerate it. If you don’t stop them the very first time, they will do it again and again because you are presenting yourself as a weak person who has no self-respect. If you have no respect for yourself, how can you expect others to respect you?
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.Eleanor Roosevelt
Your respect is in your hands. Walk away if people don’t respect you. Don’t stay among them just not to make them feel bad. Don’t stay among them just to be accepted by them. Don’t tolerate insult just to get your work done. The day you start compromising with your self-respect, you start losing respect. Never compromise with your self-respect.