Your feelings of self-worth need not depend on any external situation. Every human being has intrinsic value regardless of what he does. If you make mistakes and transgress, do not feel discouraged and lose your feelings of importance. There is no greater danger than that. Rather, when you have transgressed, strengthen yourself to elevate above those transgressions.
Keep your mind focused on your great potential for accomplishment. Regardless of how much wrong you have done in the past, you can always improve.
(Rabbi Noson Tzvi Finkel - Tnuas Hamussar, vol.3, p.273; Gateway to Happiness, p.130)
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