The older I got, the smarter I became. I became smarter because I couldn't stand facing my dumb choices in the mirror.
I turned a corner toward smart when I started placing currency on my actions. The higher the currency, the greater distance I put between myself and dumb actions and myself and dumb acting people. I practice that distance to this day.
I define personal currency as a quality of being accepted by others. You don't establish it or build it by being one thing one day and another thing another day. You don't establish it or build it by being one person around this group and another person around this group.
You establish and build your personal currency by being who you are no matter where you find yourself. I find if others do not accept me then it was not my actions they did not value it was the truth and power of my currency they were missing.
My only daughter is about to leave home as are alot of young people leaving home for the first time. If I can share anything with these young adults it would be, protect your currency. Once you erode it, once it is devalued, it takes a significant amount of effort and sometimes a lifetime to get back. And you will walk by mirrors everywhere you find yourself.
Above all, others need to know what they are getting from you and you need to be willing to standby what you give or don't give as dictated by your personal currency.