We have all had this. Sometimes other people seek to crush you down and make nothing out of your hopes and dreams. The do it by making fun of you, lying and by many other means, all to try to bring one's downfall. So in spite of all of that, what does one's success depend on?
The one thing you can do is to Flourish and Prosper which is the final precept out of the book, The Way to Happiness
The Definition of Flourish: to be in a state of activity and production. expanding in influence; thriving; visibly doing well.
The definition of Prosper: to achieve economic success at what one does.
What, are such people who are trying to holding you down attempting to do? They are attempting to reduce you downward. The real way to defeat such a person or group is to Flourish and Prosper.
And of course by doing so they will get frantic and attack harder. Handle them if you need to but don't give up flourishing and prospering because that is what they want you to do, right?
So continue to flourish and prosper despite the obstacles that may get in your way. In this society, that is the only way to win !