Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.
~ Lao Tzu
Being ignored or blown off is one of the first steps to having a breakthrough. Don’t take it personally. Just see it as a challenge. Don’t be afraid of people coming against you and don’t shy back from being bullied. People fighting against you is often a sign that you’re headed in the right direction. Being mocked or feeling like a misfit can make you want to give up. That’s normal. Everyone wants to fit in to some extent. The key is to not let the desire to fit in keep you from having a breakthrough. Don’t feel guilty for doubting yourself or your path from time to time. And don’t feel bad for wanting to quit. Instead, lean into this feeling. Because it means that you’re close to a breakthrough. Failure is never an absolute. All breakthroughs are proceeded by failures — a lot of failures. But failure is only temporary. So don’t rationalize your failures. Instead, learn from them and use the urge to rationalize them as a sign that you’re one step closer to success. Remember, consistency is the evidence of belief. Keep smiling at the person in the mirror.
Every project has challenges, and every project has its rewards.
~ Stephen Schwartz