Probably the biggest single reason for people not doing what they want, is the fear of failure, and the fear of “what if other people laugh at me”. The risk of denting one’s pride, it is strong within most of us.
I have to admit, the single thing that takes the most courage for me, is going to a big race and racing against all the best drivers in the world. Even before having my own car I felt intimidated, and you can only imagine how I feel now. On one hand I say I do what I want, I don’t give a shit, and nothing will stop me. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean that it’s easy or automatic. Many times I would have rather stayed home.
I have been booed, there have even been occasions where people have pointed and laughed at me or my car, not in the good way. I don’t get to hear most stuff first hand, but I do get to hear what people say behind my back by friends who have been told things directly, or by them overhearing a conversation while watching me race. Let’s just say it isn’t all good :-).
What I’m trying to say is, whatever you try and achieve, there will be haters, you can’t let them get you down. If anything, use them for motivation. An “I’ll show them” mentality works wonders. Don’t let other people’s opinions discourage you. Believe in yourself, work hard, and one day your success will act as the biggest possible middle finger to your haters. And if you fail, you still have two hands with middle fingers on them you can use, and then you can re-group and try again.
Don’t let other people’s opinions discourage you. Believe in yourself, work hard, and one day your success will act as the biggest possible middle finger to your haters.