13 July 2015
When I was younger, I was told – on several occasions – that I would not succeed. I used to play piano with a musician who once said to me, “Lawrence, you’re a terrible piano player and you’ll never make it as a businessman.”
There’s a saying in life that only two types of people tell you that you can’t make a difference in this world; people who are afraid to try it themselves and people who are scared you might succeed.
More often than not, when people criticise you or try to manage your expectations, it’s more about them than it is about you.
Next time this happens, ask yourself why they might be behaving like that. Could they be regretting their own failure to pursue a dream or ambition? Are they projecting worry or doubt over their own ability to achieve something?
Whatever the answer, don’t let someone else’s lack of faith weaken your own self-belief. If it upsets you, try to channel that emotion into something positive and constructive. Let it be a red rag to a bull and use it to direct your focus.
It takes passion and consistent effort over time to achieve your goals, but if you keep your eyes firmly fixed on the road ahead, there’s no reason you can’t reach them.