“Those who are critical of my goals and dreams simply do not understand the higher purpose to which I have been called. Therefore, their scorn does not affect my attitude or action. I forgive their lack of vision, and I forge ahead. I now know that criticism is part of the price paid for leaping past mediocrity.”
~ Andy Andrews, from the sixth decision for success in The Traveler’s Gift
What this quote means in business
In Andy Andrews book The Traveler’s Gift, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, gives the main character the sixth decision for success: Having a forgiving spirit. The above passage from that part of the book really spoke to me. Many times my dreams and ideas have been scoffed, ridiculed and attacked. I’ll admit it, I can be a little on the unique side at times, but I have a calling and I need to be true to it … no matter what others say.
However, I haven’t always been that strong.
I’m sure you can relate. I’m sure you have had dreams that others haven’t agreed with. Did you stay true to them? Or did you let others dissuade you from your path?
Yes, sometimes we creative entrepreneurs have crazy ideas that will never work. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t explore them. Sometimes one crazy idea leads us to another idea that will work. One we wouldn’t have discovered if we hadn’t followed our crazy path.
The above passage has implications for our lives and our businesses. When we dare to step out of the status quo … to make an attempt to leap past mediocrity … there will be people who will do their best to stop us.
Sometimes it is because they don’t understand and they are afraid … for you, for themselves, whatever. Sometimes it is because by keeping you down, they keep themselves up. Regardless of their motivation … good, bad or ignorant … you can’t let them clip your wings.
When you own your awesome, you are courageous. You forgive the near-sightedness and blindness of others and continue to answer your calling. When you own your awesome, you become a beacon, a leader, a trendsetter and a powerful magnet to those you were meant to serve.
Forge ahead. Follow your dreams. Walk your path. Answer your calling.
Now its your turn:
Have you ignored the dissuading advice and discovered your hunch was right? Please share your story of inspiration and achievement in a comment below. How did you do it? How did you forge on? Please share your advice and wisdom below. Are you facing the nay-sayers now? State your conviction for the community to hold your safe place in a comment below.