Despite what you may have been conditioned to believe, there’s no higher authority in this life than you—not your parents, your boss, or your favorite supreme being. If you think anyone else has authority over you, it’s only because you yield your authority by choice. Sometimes the consequences of not doing so are so severe that you may feel as if you have no choice, but in truth you always do. Even when threatened with suffering or death, you remain the commander of your own life. Some of your choices may be extremely limited, but they’re always yours to make.
Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth