Are the people around you supporting you and your ambitions through positive thoughts and encouragement or are you surrounded by people who belittle you all in the name of “love”?
If you’ve been a follower of the POTL blog for awhile, you know I’m all about having big dreams and reaching for the stars. I’m a big proponent that everyone can do great things, more so if they cast off inhibitions and self-doubt.
I remember when I was in grade school and our assignment was to write an essay on what we wanted to do when we grew up. I wrote how I wanted to be President of the United States. I talked about how I’d help the poor and enact into law the requirement that everyone would be fed. When I got my essay back, I got an A- and the teacher wrote the following:
“You have an interesting view on how life should be and I applaud your ideals. However, no woman has (or will ever) be President of the United States. You can be an excellent First Lady, though.”
Talk about a bummer. Here I was, the ripe old age of nine, being told I couldn’t be a leader of a country just because I was a female. It didn’t sit well with me, especially since I had just read, “Free to be You and Me,” by Marlo Thomas.
The teacher, while trying to be “helpful”, belittled my dream and told me I couldn’t be President on the basis of my gender.
There’ve been so many times I heard I couldn’t be/do something. If I listened to the naysayers, I wouldn’t be a successful entrepreneur and I wouldn’t be an award-winning author. My secret to success? A supportive group of people who uplift me when I need it most and don’t squash my goals as “too big” or “unreachable”.
If you have friends/family who fall into the naysayer group, it’s time to distance yourself as best as you can. Connect with people who encourage you and don’t tell you no. Nothing is unreachable and only you can limit what you can do!
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