“Don’t Put Your Self-Worth In The Hands Of Swine.”

This quote was the main piece of wisdom given by Anna Shapiro at my college’s commencement speech. She described feeling devalued early in her career, misunderstood, used, and unappreciated by those in power. And she advised us not to let assholes ever dictate our sense of self-worth.

I’ve always had a hard time understanding this quote.

On the surface, it seems obvious: Don’t let jerks have power over you. Watch out for the douches, the abusers, the takers, and the Donald Trumps of the world. Avoid them like the…