I’m not really a fan of the word ‘haters’ but it made the title shorter and it gets the point across to you guys. I’m writing this post to let you know that if you have haters it may be an indicator that you’re on the right track. Don’t get dejected or sad when someone puts you down or tries to stifle your dreams. It may be a sign that you are being unreasonable, and when I say unreasonable, I mean it in the George Bernard Shaw sense.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw
The world may depend on you having haters. Elon Musk (Tesla and SpaceX CEO) is the first entrepreneur that comes to my mind when I think of someone being unreasonable but potentially game changing for the environment and advancement of humanity with SpaceX. Should Elon Musk have stopped advancing because he had many people telling him that he was crazy for trying to build rockets or all electric cars? It probably was reasonable for him to do so, but progress depends on the unreasonable. Many of Elon Musk’s best friends sent him videos of rocket explosions trying to convince him that it was a terrible idea to try to build rockets, but he continued on with the goal of colonizing Mars, and today he has a successful company in SpaceX. If you’re interested to read more about Elon Musk and his journey check out Ashlee Vance’s biography Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future at Amazon. It may be the best book I’ve ever read.
OK, I understand that most of us don’t have Elon Musk’s vision, intellect, or determination but the example is still applicable. Most people won’t build multiple multi-billion dollar companies, but I believe that a big reason why is because we quite once people tell us it’s impossible.
To make matters worse, often the people that we’re closest to are the people who try to bring us down. Our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, or co-workers will be the first people to tell you that you’re crazy. It will hurt the most when these people start saying this to you, since we care for them the most. That being said, pinch them out of your life in this category if you have a vision that you believe needs to be reached for (Don’t cut them out completely, but don’t discuss your vision with them). You also should consider cutting anyone who is consistently negative out of your life entirely. You don’t need that, especially if it’s a boyfriend or girlfriend or fiance. You don’t want to commit your entire life to someone who is nothing but critical of your dreams and vision.
Recognize that most of the reason people will hate your ideas is because it’s better than what they’re doing. There’s a bit of jealousy in seeing someone who’s close to them have a grander vision than their boring average life, so take it as a compliment in a way, and use the people who are saying you can’t do something as fuel. It’s our job to make the people who are jealous of dreams to be even more upset when we succeed.
Here at The Study of Great we’d rather encourage our readers to aim high and risk missing, because we’ll all end up better off than if we all aim low and hit. So aim high and remember to shoot for greatness today!
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