Pay no attention to judgmental remarks. LIVE so that nobody will believe them.
It CAN be done!
People have told me, over the years, how their self images were maligned in their teen years. After college, they still carried scars from remarks suffered years earlier.
These scars can affect who we are today and how we interact with others! Poor self images cause such uncomfortable circumstances that people will choose to avoid social and business situations – never attempting to reach their actual potential in life.
This year, take steps to reverse past judgments if you really want to change. Putting past labels behind you may be just what the doctor ordered to make it much easier to get along with anybody you meet!
I love success stories about people who have ignored disparaging remarks or labels and lived their lives, proving them all wrong.
Walt Disney was turned down by over 500 banks and loan companies before he found one person who believed he was capable of success.
R.H. Macy started seven failed business before finally hitting it big with his store in New York City.
Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. He chose to succeed.
In his early years, teachers told Thomas Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Work was no better, as he had been fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb! He chose NOT to quit!
Steven Spielberg was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing.
In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley – after just one performance – telling him, “You ain’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.”
RG LeTourneau is perhaps the most inspiring Christian inventor, businessman and entrepreneur the world has ever seen. A sixth grade dropout, he began working in an iron foundry at the age of 14. No one expected he would amount to anything.
At the age of 28, he returned from a tour of duty with the Navy to a car dealership in which he had partnered with a friend, who spent his time drinking instead of running the business. He was $5,000 in debt. The year was 1915. Ouch. Jobless, and beyond broke, he could have given up. He went to work leveling land. He continually under-bid his competitors to win jobs and would scramble to invent machines to speed up the work and keep himself from going bankrupt. He never quit.
There are hundreds more stories, (try a book by John C. Maxwell, How Successful People Win). Let these be an encouragement today. Make a choice this year never to listen to negative influences again. God is waiting to help everyone. Just ask Him!
Psalm 33 (The Message)
“From high in the skies God looks around, From where he sits he overlooks all us earth-dwellers. He has shaped each person in turn; now he watches everything we do. Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him, the ones who are looking for his love. He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times; in lean times he keeps body and soul together. We’re depending on God; He’s everything we need.”