Quote of the Day

Vector illustration of speech bubbles“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” ~Epictetus

How often do other people put us down? They belittle our ambitions and tell us we’re getting above ourselves. “You’re not good enough for that,” they’ll say. “You don’t have the brains or the talent,” will be their next response. Then you’ll be told, “Oh people from your background can’t do that, it’s not for you.” Eventually if you’re not careful you start to believe it all. And then you’re destined for nothing more than a life of mediocrity, just like the people who were putting you down. And that is the point. The real issue is that they resent your ambition because they have no ambition. They dislike the idea of you going places and getting on in life because they’ve never achieved anything. They’ll present their opinions as sound advice whereas quite simply they are jealous. They deliberately put you down in the hope that you won’t achieve anything more than them. Don’t be fooled. Surround yourself only with people who encourage your ambitions. People who will offer you guidance to help you get to where you want to go. Don’t allow negative people to put you off. If you want to do something, then you have a go at it. Stick with it and you’ll succeed. However, even if you don’t, it is better to try and fail than never having tried at all. At least you’ll know for sure whether something was right for you or otherwise. Don’t allow the years to slip by with you wondering what might have been. Believe in yourself and keep company only with positive people. The negative ones will just ‘do your head in’.

© RJ Sutton and Mann Island Media Limited 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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