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Leadership Thought #428 – There Will Always Be Naysayers; Move Forward Anyway!


If I had a $100 for every time sometime told me something couldn’t be done by me or others, I’d be a rich man at this point in my life.  The cold reality of life is that most people are followers and more comfortable with the status quo than the prospect of changing anything.  There is also a big difference between rhetoric and action.  I’d be equally wealthy if I had a $100 for everyone I met who talked a good game but then failed to follow-up with any real action.  It seems as if a majority of people are content to sit on the sidelines of the game that is their own life and leave their fate to the decisions/actions of others and then complain about it.  Like most fans, people have strong opinions about what should or should not be happening, but then they don’t have the courage, talent or fortitude to play the game themselves.  It is a vicious circle and misery does love company.

Don’t ever let other people talk you into mediocrity and out of success.  Instead of just focusing on obvious obstacles such as time, money and talent, spend your energy on reaching your goal regardless of the inevitable constraints.  This doesn’t mean you become foolhardy and take silly or unwise risks.  However, depending on your risk profile as a person the definition of what this means is certainly open to individual interpretation.  What it does mean is that at some point you have the courage to bet on yourself and follow your passion and/or lead with your talent/ability.  Just because something hasn’t happened before doesn’t mean it isn’t possible.  Just look at the history of mankind and you will easily come to the conclusion this is not true.  If the world was run by naysayers we would still probably be living in caves and dying before we reach the age of 30.  The biggest obstacle to progress is our own thinking.

The next time you find yourself thinking about a better way of doing something or elevating your personal/professional status, go ahead and think through how to get it done, come up with a plan, and then do it.  Of course, you should solicit feedback from those around you, but filter this information based on who it is coming from.  Pay the closest attention to the input from others who have actually achieved something with their lives.  Don’t be unduly influenced by the always available crop of naysayers.  Do your best to surround yourself with “can do” people who will properly balance reality against opportunity and potential.    Listen hard to what the latter group has to say, then look in the mirror, check your gut, and move forward anyway, if it still makes any sense whatsoever. What’s the worst that could happen?  Even if things don’t always turn out as planned, you are building your character, learning from your mistakes and better equipped to be successful the next time.  It’s your life, live it proactively!  Avoid the naysayers….and move forward in the direction of your future happiness.

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One Response

  1. Great article and thanks for linking to mine.

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