Has anyone ever told you that you weren't cut out for something? Did it enrage you?
Now, let's be honest, there are certain things that, as individuals, we are not cut out to do.
I'm not sportsy and I'm not cut out to be a famous WNBA player, or an Olympic Gold Medalist.
'm short and fit-ish and, if you ask any of my high school gym teachers, my hand-eye coordination when it comes to sports leaves something to be desired.
I'm not talking about just blatant truths like this.
What I'm talking about is, in conversation with someone you know...maybe someone you've known for a number of years...s/he tells you that they don't think you're cut out for something.
And it's something you KNOW you could handle if you had an opportunity to prove yourself.
The opportunity to do it your way, put your spin on it, make it work for you. So, did it enrage you? Did you smile and nod and laugh it off? Did you stew about it for a while? Have you replayed the scene in your head a million times?
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Chances are, if this has happened, it's more than likely been in the workplace. It may have been an acquaintance or a friend you're not super close with, but odds are it happens more at work. Those closest to us, those who really know what we want in life, they know our capabilities. They know what we want, they've seen us overcome other obstacles, possibly personal or business or both. They know that if we set our minds to something, that we can and we will do it.
Can I offer you a suggestion? Use it. Use that crappy thing that was said to you as motivation. Let it fire you up. Let it motivate you. Don't let it get you down, and don't you think for one second that that person is right. Use it so that you can show "them" that they don't know you at all and that you are capable of far greater things than they think.
I was told that I would always work FOR someone. I was told that I didn't have it in me to work from home and deal with my kids all day. "It's your personality. You HAVE to work." Here's the thing, I do HAVE to work, I'm not one of those people who can sit around all day doing nothing on a regular basis...I don't even know who those people are and if they really exist.
Well, I don't know about you, but I like to argue and I like to prove people wrong, and sometimes I like to say "I told you so." So, here I am proving that person wrong, working FOR MYSELF, FROM HOME, WITH MY KIDS. I'm not saying you need to take the same action I did. This took a lot of planning, a lot of pro/con lists, a lot of conversations about whether or not we, as a family, could do this, and a lot of research about how others do it. My kids love it that I work from home, I use block time to manage my day, which works for both the kids and myself. And I am the most productive I've been in a really long time. Oh, and let me mention how much calmer I am with my kids, how much more creative I am (I always was creative, but felt that I'd "lost it" over the years), how much more ambitious I am.
So, whatever it is someone says they don't think you're capable of. Prove them wrong. Prove to yourself that you can do it, and that no one else's opinion matters. Set a goal, make time every day to work on it, listen to podcasts, join a free group on LinkedIn or Facebook, find as many free webinars as you can.
LEARN. GROW. AND THEN PROVE THEM WRONG.
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