A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the optimist. – Eleanor Roosevelt
We have all heard the narratives. Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper job for not being creative enough. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. One of Beethoven’s early teachers called him hopeless as a composer.
When I was in high school, I heard on more than one occasion that I was too small or that because I played at a small school that I wasn’t good enough.
“The bat will get knocked out of your hands.”
“No one from here can ever go anywhere in athletics.” (I know I’m not the only one from my class who heard that one.)
But, we never heard those words as criticisms. We used them as motivation. We knew that the words that tried to bring us down didn’t define us. Our hard work, our effort, and dedication led to two classmates being inducted into their college Hall of Fame, another playing baseball at Northwestern, another playing college basketball, and another being a West Point graduate along with many other successful people.
Not too shabby for a class of twenty-five!
Refuse to be limited by those that tell you that you can’t. Someone told me a few months ago that other people’s words are always just someone’s opinion. We don’t need to believe it all, we don’t need to believe any of it. Take what works and find the good in it. Don’t let someone’s words hold you back.
Be confident in yourself. Be confident in your abilities. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Because you can, and the more you believe it the more you will accomplish it.
Bring your best today!