"Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your handbrake on."
Maxwell Maltz (1899 -1975)
Maxwell Maltz was an American doctor who developed a set of ideas and beliefs that people could use in order to feel better about themselves. Have you ever heard of the term "self-help?" Maltz is considered the father of this idea. He believed that a good self-image was very important and that people need to be happy with themselves in order to be successful in life.
Do you know what a handbrake is? In cars, it is something that you can use if you want to slow down quickly. A car that is driven with the handbrake on does not go very fast. The car can also become damaged - if the car is driven with the brake on for a long enough period of time, it will start to make noise! Living with low self-esteem is like driving with the brakes on because it holds you back from operating normally and achieving your dreams.
If you don't feel good about yourself, it shows in everything you do. If you want to boost your self-esteem, try something new - play a new game or start a new hobby. Friends and family members are good people to whom you can turn if you need support. It's no fun letting low self-esteem drag you down. Instead, take positive steps so you can turn off that handbrake and cruise through life!