The world goes out of its way to bring you down. Don’t join them. Don’t let them talk badly about you, and don’t talk badly about yourself.
Many people mistakenly think they are showing modesty by belittling themselves. They will refuse to say that they are good at what they do for fear of being seen as arrogant. I take it another way. God made you special. For you to downgrade or diminish something that you are good at is to talk badly about God. Be proud of who you are and the gifts that God has given you. Let your light shine.
When someone tries to bring you down, they are really just jealous of you. They think they have to bring you down to raise themselves up. There is a good chance that this is how they were treated as a child. Their parents taught them that this is how you talk to people. They taught them to only see the bad. By doing this, they taught them that they were bad.
This is a teachable moment. You have a chance of re-educating them. You can respond gently, with love, that you are not the dirt they think you are. They haven’t seen your flowers yet. If you let someone treat you like dirt, you might start to believe it too. Through your actions, you can teach them that it is OK to stand up for yourself too. Don’t let somebody knock you down, even if that somebody is yourself.