Low self-esteem plagued me until middle age. From feeling like the dumpy one at the back o the games class, the less-wanted sister, the odd one out because I wanted a career (unusual in my peer group) and then through years of trying to balance motherhood and running a business which leaves us all perpetually wracked with guilt and inadequacy. I came to know exactly what it’s like to have zero confidence. Networking gave me nightmares. Social occasions reduced me to palm-sweating paranoia. One of the few advantages of age is finally having conquered the lot. But I wish I hadn’t spent all those hours agonising for absolutely no good reason.
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