No single person can speak for the world.

Monday, June 16, 2008| by Will Chen

There’s an old saying that goes “It’s lonely at the top” the thought being that you don’t know who your friends are because everyone’s got their hand in your pocket. However, using that same logic, it’s a down right wasteland at the bottom.

In order to succeed in any endeavor, you have to almost have a blind passion and devotion to your goal and at the same time always have an escape route. I know, very contrarian concept. To many of you reading this, I’m sure the first part makes sense it’s the escape route that’s got you puzzled. If I’m positive I will succeed why would I worry about a backup plan? One word, Titanic.

Very often things far beyond our control can slow down or even stop our progress towards success. Being agile enough to find a detour around these road blocks can be the difference between a crushed and deferred dream. Having a backup plan isn’t accepting defeat and a backup plan doesn’t necessarily have to be a 2nd option. It could very well be a different interpretation and plan to achieve a similar goal.

Now back to the blind passion…People will doubt you and tell you that you will not succeed. They will tell you your ideas are baseless and you will go nowhere. Do not waste your time and energy trying to convince them. They’ve made up their minds about you before they ever met you. The more you give in to their game, the more self doubt you let in until all the negativity consumes and destroys you. There is a huge difference in constructive criticism and criticism for criticism’s sake and you need to be able to tell the difference. The biggest giveaway of the later is the person pitting the world against you in the critique; for example “nobody will like that” or “everybody would’ve thought of that if it was a good idea”. No single person can speak for the world. Constructive criticism will offer an idea or method to improve upon your process without attempting to tear it down.

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