“Don’t let someone who gave up on their dream talk you out of yours.”
Whenever people start to embark on a new endeavor, it seems like everyone around them suddenly becomes extremely knowledgeable about said endeavor. If you don’t believe me, start a new business. I promise every friend that you have will suddenly have an MBA. The same goes with working out. If you begin to build the gym into your life on a regular basis you will see friends you had no idea about begin coming out of the wood work with advice like they’re personal trainers. Now clearly I have a hint of sarcasm here and obviously some people have genuinely good things to say about what you have going on but the point is, you have to be very careful about the kind of people that you’re taking advice from. If everyone around you were a business mastermind, don’t you think you’d have more friends that were millionaires? Before you take someone’s advice, you must ask yourself, is that person where I want to be, and did they get their buy doing that thing? If the answer is yes, by all means, take good notes!
The second way that people try to influence you when you begin chasing your dreams is negatively. It’s the old adage of what you get with a bucket of crabs. Some crabs will try desperately to climb the side of the bucket and escape, the rest of the crabs will just begin pulling down the ones trying to get out. The net result being that they all end up being served as dip. One of your primary goals when you set out to accomplish something great is to distance yourself from the negativity. People will assume because they can’t do something that you must also not be able to do it. Let them think what they want, it's not their job to believe in you. When you're out conquering goals, they’ll be the ones being served with chips.