First and foremost, understand that others are seeing weakness in you, and that’s why they are trying to overpower you. If they don’t find you weak, they will not try to control you.
It’s not that whatever they said is right or wrong. The point is, how could they dare say that? You yourself must have signaled that you are weak, and then anyone can say anything to you. People say things only after observing one’s personality. Why have you built your brand so sluggishly?
Live like a lion. Act like a lion. Nobody will dare you to speak foul about you. You should be ashamed at first only when someone comes and interferes in your personal matters. It requires a lot of courage, fire in the heart, and a spark in the eyes. Nobody should dare to speak unnecessarily with you.