Everyone lives with self mythology.
The more important a memory is to the story we tell ourselves about ourselves, the more often we rehearse the memory. And the more often we relive those memories, the less likely it is that they are true.
While I agree with the sentiment of Seth’s post, I have found that as much of our self mythology is supplied by those around us. It is the myth of their beliefs that makes us become better than what we were. Living up to the myth reflected in a loved one’s eyes is the creator of the myth we tell ourselves.
- A legend in my own mind (sethgodin.typepad.com)