“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream, you need to protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it, period.” This is a quote I have tattooed on my left arm. The reason I got this tattoo is because I was very into video games. I would come home from work and jump right onto the Xbox and starting playing. Either some basketball by myself or some shooting games with friends. I put it on my left forearm because every time I played video games I could look down and remind myself to work harder and stop messing around. One day in particular I realized that video games were holding me back from doing anything.
So, this one day in particular I was playing video games with some friends from work. At the time I was talking to this girl (my wife), and she hadn’t texted me all day. She would always text me when she got off of work and on this particular day she did not. I became more focused on why she wasn’t texting me then playing Xbox. I found out she was just testing me to see if I cared about her or not. Some things never change ha! A little while later, I decided to get this tattoo on my forearm to always remind myself what is important in my life. Sure, video games were a great stress reliever and a way to have fun, but that wasn’t going to get me any closer to my dreams. At the time, I didn’t even know what my dreams were because I never made time to figure it out. In this situation, it wasn’t a person preventing me from succeeding by an idea, an action.
We all have dreams and goals and unfortunately, we listen to those who say we can’t do it. “That’s impossible!” “No one will buy it or listen to you.” “Why not do this instead?” “Put your money into more important things.” “Stop trying so hard, you’re just going to get hurt in the end.” These are just a few of the things we hear. We all have different visions of our life. Everyone sees us doing one thing or another. We may see ourselves starting a business, but other people say it’s too hard or you can never do it. You might see yourself working two jobs to make enough money to support your children or yourself and others will say you’re working too much and too hard. The only one who can make that decision is you. What is your dream? What is your why? Focus on that. Put everything you have into succeeding.
Sometimes, the biggest naysayer is a family member and this is the hardest to overcome. They usually have some very valid reasons on why you should quit and give up, but they don’t have that vision of yours. I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me to stop blogging, including family. But, at the end of the day, they don’t have the same vision as I do. I know what my end goal is and I know where I want to be later down the road. That’s what keeps me going. My why.
If you want to be successful, don’t listen to the naysayers. If you do listen to them, use it as extra motivation to keep going and prove them wrong instead of giving up. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Remember your why, your purpose and find ways to keep that vision alive. Find a good support system and push through. What’s your excuse?
Please share below times when people told you that you couldn’t. Let’s prove them all wrong.