Will the naysayers discourage or will they motivate you to push yourself further in the pursuit of your dreams? Its a simple question aye, isn’t it? The answer to this, as for me is that yes it can discourage one with a faint heart but, it can motivate another with a desire that cannot be lost just because of the presence of critics. Let me share a short story in relation to this topic. Back on December last year, my heart felt heavy every single morning of month for nothing was happening to my business and I had no results to show for the few months I was involved with the ‘business of the 21st century’ . I was depressed, I couldn’t sleep, food was becoming a challenge to eat, I wanted to quit on this ‘wealthy and healthy’ mission for it was becoming I challenge in itself not a solution. Abdominal pains started emanating and I could conceal my anguish no more. My mother became concerned about this issue. She started praying for me, she even at one time interceded for me with God, to help in in my journey in the world of hustle. Did her prayers work? For sure they did. How? I no longer set dates on my diary of the day I would break even. People begun to speak for sure. Many are the times I found myself defending my business with tears playing at the brim of my eyelids for though I was trying to show strength externally, internally I was devastated and broken. Their critics and backbiting that caught my ears made me feel a loser. I remember how I would try to push away the thoughts of becoming successful via this ‘way’ by engaging in empty conversations with my miserable cronies, watching crazy movies the whole day, listening to blaring music like a maniac, but all my efforts grew futile. Every morning I woke to the thought of building a successful team, making money networking and bringing health to the doorsteps of my people at the village. This was my destiny, i had to live in my new reality. Automatically I started researching online on how to grow the same online. I grew deaf to naysayers and critics. I stopped living in their set timeline and started enjoying the process of becoming a success story. In my recollection, my dreams were rekindled. At long last, in the end of a tunnel I saw light and experienced its warmth as I walked nearer and nearer. Ultimately I felt excited of the possibility of becoming the ‘who i wanted to become’ not the ‘who they expected me to be’. Naysayers no longer became an obstacle, they became a fuel supercharging my desire to be better and better.
“Ultimately I felt excited of the possibility of becoming the ‘who i wanted to become’ not the ‘who they expected me to be’. Naysayers no longer became an obstacle, they became a fuel supercharging my desire to be better and better.”
So, at first I was falling into the traps of my naysayers. Then, later i realized that critics are part of the journey. They make the grind a little bit more exciting. I would even quote the words of Taraji P. Henson who said:
“If you listen to people and if you allow people to project their fears into you, you won’t live.
The fear of living beyond your critics and naysayers, friends is what is making people not move beyond their comfort zones and risk being self employed, self reliant and basically free from the pressure of being in charge of your life. Tell me, how many people in our current world are suffering from this condition? How many people out there don’t want to face the unknown and be bold enough and stand on their two feet and be exceptional just because the dogs will yelp? I know it’s not one or two or three, but almost 75% of the human race is in this category. The remaining 15% are the mentors, the untouchables, the great ones who dared dream, went through the trouble of chasing that dream and eventually lived that dream. Naysayers, to me, should not stop you, but should be the fuel to turn you into a rocket heading for space, success, the destiny.
Naysayers, to me, should not stop you, but should be the fuel to turn you into a rocket heading for space, success, the destiny.
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