In today’s interconnected world, we often place too much value on the opinion of others. Be it parents, friends, family, or faceless naysayers from behind computer screens. They influence how we act, how we dress, and what we believe. But they shouldn’t. Outside of medical or sound financial opinion, the opinions of others should not carry the value they do. But they do, don’t they? We strive to emulate and imitate rather to achieve. We allow their voices to chime in and echo our own self-doubts. Don’t believe? State that you’re going to do something out of the box…that has never been attempted…you will tend to meet with negative critique and cautious doubt from people. Statements such as “That’s been done before”…or “That’s not going to work…”. Obviously, there are situations where this may hold true, you should not be trying to reinvent the wheel where it does not need to be. But for your dreams or an idea you know will take flight, walk the path with a confidence and resilience that knows no failure. We cannot live our dreams or base our decisions on the words of others or our own self-doubts. We must seek to hear only the voice that says pursue your dream and cast the doubters to the side. Too often, people revel in the failures of others as validation for their own failings. Too often, misery loves company is the motto of the masses. It takes a foundation of determined will, intelligence, and unwavering faith to navigate through the minefield of negativity that separates one from success. Your faith in your dream, your vision, is the fuel, which prompts one to act where others merely watch. If one fails to reach the goal, why consider that a bad thing? Edison was quoted when developing the filament light bulb regarding his failed attempts, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. Failure is sometimes inevitable but it’s how we deal with it, our perspective of it, how we harness it that make it truly impossible to fail.
xoxo- Jennifer Lau