PSA: Here is a quick and hopefully useful encouragement for your day. Disregard the naysayers and doubters. "Haters going to hate." However, if their jealousy or lack of courage were somehow tempered by insight and wisdom, they might stand up and cheer for you instead of trying to tear you down. This probably won't happen. And as your business progresses, the taunts and jeers of those that are hoping for your downfall may become more frequent. If you are fortunate, you will not run into this at all, but chances are someone, somewhere is going to say to you, "What? You think you are going to..."
One of the Box Bend Crew has a coworker at their day job who readily fits this mold. This person lives this crazy, mixed-up life that dances between entitlement and the certifiable. The kind of person who will cling to habit and culture instead of leaving comfort behind in the pursuit of greater comfort. (Which is what we do when we take on the twin dice of risk and reward.) This person loves to make sport of the effort exhibited by others. This is the person who may have read Teddy Roosevelt's admonishment on this subject, but gives it little credence. But we would encourage anyone and everyone to listen to this North Dakota Badland's rancher, President, Statesman, Leader...
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Yeah! You tell 'em, Ted!
But seriously, excellent point. Forget those barbs and angry arrows aimed squarely at the imaginary target on your back. Even if it is coming from those that you care about and love. Forget those negative people who can not go through more than a morning without either cutting someone or something else down, or who wallow in their "victimhood." Go forth. Conquer. Or die trying. This isn't a dress rehearsal.
Have a great day!
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