Have you ever tried doing anything different than what the people around you would perceive as the norm for you? Perhaps it would be a new hairstyle, clothing choice, hobby, etc. Perhaps it was met with some enthusiasm, but more often than not, it was most likely met with looks of disapproval. Many times those who are closest to us can be the biggest obstacles to our success. Many times our biggest dreams and aspirations are broken upon the walls that our closest friends and family hold up. Perhaps you have an idea for an entrepreneurial venture that you have been thinking of for some time and want to finally tell someone about it. Many times that person, not purposefully will doubt the idea or down play it, and in so doing, douse the fire that you had for it.
The challenge that must be met is that no matter how out of your comfort zone, no matter other people doubt you, and no matter all the negative energy around you, if you truly want to make something happen and reach for success above the ordinary rat race, you must block them out. How can you do that?
1. Put blinders on. Sometimes you may have to stop associating with those negative individuals for a time.
2. Talk to like-minded people. Make sure to surround yourself with successful people and dreamers like yourself. People who make positivity a way of life.
3. Remember people think differently. Remind yourself that other people do not think like you, they are not trying to doubt you, or make you feel down, but are trying to help in their own way.
4. Relentlessly pursue your goal. Don't let anything or anyone get in the way of accomplishing your goal.
In the movie “Troy” there is a scene that, although rather cheesy, illustrates a good point. The great warrior Achilles is called to go meet the champion fighter of another army. Before he goes out to meet the challenge a young man speaks to Achilles. He tells Achilles details of how massive and strong the enemy champion is, and finally tells him that he would not want to fight the champion. Achilles calmly looks down at the young man and replies “that is why no one will remember your name.”
As previously stated, although cheesy, it makes sense. Someone who shies away from challenge and adversity, someone who does not press their goals, will not be successful. Rise up to your goals and challenges, and make sure to block out those who do not see your vision.
Jonathan King, Co-founder