When something goes wrong, I️ tend to default to being discouraged. If someone reprimands me or tells me I️ can’t do something (you can’t accomplish x, you’ll never be able to do Y), its easy to fall for their point of view or, at the very least, let It effect my mental performance. But this is not a successful mindset.
Complaints, criticism, disbelief, or hate towards you is inevitable when you’re doing something out of the status quo. (Something the hater wishes they would do themselves)
The status quo is the collective agreement of the way things are, from the people and culture that surrounds you. The funny thing about status quo’s is that they are different depending on who you surround yourself with. What’s normal and expected from your typical college student is wildly different from what’s normal and expected from billionaires changing the world. What’s abnormal for your circle when you break the status quo can be natural to another groups point of view. Reading, for example. If you are surrounded by people who hate reading or saying something like ‘what’s the point of reading when you have a TV?’, you’re going to be shamed into the same mindset. And if you start reading they’re going to give you hell for It. But on the opposite spectrum, point out to me any billionaire who doesn’t have a massive library and are constantly soaking up knowledge.
Once you realize that status quo’s are not all created equal, you can begin to take BOLD actions and create massive improvements in your life.
Instead of being discouraged, a successful mindset takes what the person says and turns It into fuel. Coal to the fire. It’s an “I won’t stop” or “I’ll prove you wrong” mentality. Although you’re not doing It for them — you’re doing It for you. I️ won’t stop — no matter how hard or scary It gets — because I️ know that I️ am capable of achieving my goals with enough time, effort, and intent.
By thinking this way, not even pain can stop you.
By adopting the mindset of the type of person you want to become, your dreams are inevitable.
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing
— Josh Waggoner
“I like criticism. It makes you strong.” — LeBron James
“In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.” — Edgar Allan Poe
“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard