When I first created my website, I had NO idea what I was getting myself into and I sure didn’t realize I would find a passion of mine. I was ignorant though. I assumed EVERYONE would support me, because why would anyone have any reason not to? Boy was I wrong. It can be very disheartening when you’re expecting nothing but comfort and support only to get criticized and laughed at by people you thought would do anything for you. To clarify, when I’m talking about someone not supporting your dream, I don’t mean people who are irrelevant. I mean your family, friends, loved ones, spouse, etc. Thankfully, I’m one of the blessed ones because my parents, most of my friends, and Kolby support me, even if they don’t get it.
And that’s what I want to start with. Most people who don’t support your dream aren’t trying to destroy you, they just don’t understand it. AND THAT’S FINE. If you’re like me, you are so damn proud of what you’re doing that you want to tell EVERYONE about it and it can be very discouraging when they don’t get it or don’t want to hear it. Even when it doesn’t seem like it, it is OKAY when your friends and family aren’t as excited or supportive as you’d hope. They’re not living it like you are. They have their own problems and things to deal with in their life, which can cause lack of support.
Blogging, Content Creating, Coaching, Multi Level Marketing, Influencing, Entrepreneurialship. You know, all these things that aren’t the norm. It’s a new age therefore older generations think it’s absurd. How can someone consider that “work.” If you understand this, then you’ll probably take it a little less personal. It just runs back to they don’t understand. One thing you can do is stop sharing information with them overall. I find this helps avoiding the knock in confidence they tend to give you when you tell them anything about your dream/hobby/job. Big dreams are intimidating. They can instill fear and uncertainty. Understand that fear-based people will have a harder time supporting you, if they support you even at all.
Things to remember is that your dream, your hobby, your job, is not meant to please everyone. It’s a natural feeling to want to be understood by everyone, but it’s not a need in your life. Your support system doesn’t need to be your friends and family for you to be successful, either! Surround yourself with like-minded people who understand what you’re doing and it’ll make it a whole lot easier.
Your passion is a priority…many of the people who don’t support you are stuck with the “what if,” don’t let that be you. So many successful people kept on, even when they didn’t have their closest peeps supporting them. These are the people who realized that their goals and dreams are worthwhile!
Be proud in your accomplishments! Following your dreams and passions is so important for your happiness! Don’t let anyone stand in the way of that, life is way too short.
History shows us that the people who end up changing the world are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses.
I mean, if you fail, you’ll get the “I told you so,” but think about if you succeed. Let that thought drive you. Resistance to your dreams just makes success even sweeter. I could go on and on about this, but I want to keep it short and sweet. I hope this shines a little light if you’re having a hard time with this kind of situation! Keep pushing for you.
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