Conquering Fears, Self development, Uncategorized

Let the fools laugh, it’s a good sign


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Do you remember what you wanted to be when you “grew up”?

A cowboy? a rockstar? an emperor?

It’s quite funny how it all changes when you grow up. When I was in elementary school, light in the dark4th grade I think, I remember I wanted to build a spaceship. I literally, couldn’t conceive why it wasn’t possible, I had my plans for the rooms, the restroom, the science rooms and everything that we would need in space. When I asked my friends who were in, some of them said hell yeah, and much more of them laughed and laughed and laughed. It wasn’t pretty. I was pretty troubled about the laughing, it made me recapacitate on my audacious little project and made me think a lot about the possibility of it actually happening.

Later in life, I remember my little project and two things struck me the most. The first one is my belief at that age of the possibilities. I wanted to build a spaceship and actually thought it was possible, and the thing is, that it is actually possible, Elon Musk is doing it. The second is the laughter. It’s quite hard to do something in spite of the laughter and critic.

People only criticise people who the feel are above them

Mark Manson

I don’t believe I was mature enough back then to scorn other people laughter and critic. Today, however, is my concern.

If you let yourself to be guided by the critic, by not being laughed at and by people’s opinion, in general, you will always be, generally, where people want you to be: below them. 

This is because when you are working towards something great and actually working in it and making progress, you will only accentuate the lack of performance of people that are not doing what they could be doing with their lives.

There is always going to be people that push you down and people that pull you up. Choose wisely.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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