To attain and retain success, one needs to effectively master the art of being immune to negativity. Sometimes we are the ones who have our thoughts running riot and we end up having negative thoughts trying to distract us from our goals. But most times it is the words, actions and declarations of people close to us, sometimes even people we look up to and respect, that threatens to do damage to our aspirations. I have read time and again, success stories of individuals who at one time or the other, and at the very beginning of their success journey, have heard words from friends and family that 'stab as a sword'. It appears then, it is imperative that we all learn how to manage the outcome, watch our reactions and never allow such to hold us down.
If there is a word I have for you today, it will be this; Find your passion, hold on to it and never, ever let it go! Work at it, polish it, prune it, master it, invest in it, make it better and work, work, work on it! Be so busy mastering your craft that you have little or no time to respond to nay-sayers. Don't be so busy bothering about what So and So said or why it might never happen. Fact is, it must have happened for someone in the past. And if it has, it can happen for you too if only you will believe. Negative criticism is a necessary ingredient to success, get used to it.
Check out these stories if you are in need of more inspiration: Elvis Presley is known as the King of Rock and Roll. But back when he was still unknown, he got fired after just one performance. His manager, Jimmy Denny, told him, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”
Oprah has emerged as one of the top role models for today. She is rich, successful and shows genuine care for the people. But she endured an abusive childhood and numerous challenges to get to where she is now. At one stage, she was fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for tv”.
I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.The original Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected by a dozen publishers; including big houses like Penguin and Harper Collins. Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, only took it because the CEO’s eight-year old daughter begged her father to print the book.
- Oprah Winfrey
Before she published the Harry Porter series, J.K Rowling was in poverty, severely depressed and a single parent. She went from depending on welfare to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through hard work and perseverance.
Need I say more? Get off your seat and get on with that dream. Ignore your negative thoughts, and ignore those of others. Believe in God when He says to you "With Me (God), ALL (not some, but all) things are possible.
What other assurance do you need?
Love & Light