You are too fat, you are too tall. You are too short, you are too skinny. You do not have the right qualifications, you are over-qualified. You lack the right education, you do not have the right education. You do not have the stamina, you do not have vision. You are wasting your time, you are barking up the wrong tree. And, this list of put offs/blow offs goes on. But these naysayers do not take into account the human will, the desire to succeed and accomplish the goal.
It took Thomas Edison 10,000 attempts before he created the incandescent light bulb. And at every attempt, Edison meticulously documented his work; he took notes. Ten thousand times. He had his naysayers, but he pushed forward, because he believed in his dream, his work. In our today's world, Thomas Edison may be considered a bit daffy. Well, just consider who are the daffy ones, when you flip a switch and turn on your lights.
Abe Lincoln lost every election he entered, with the exception of president in 1860. His detractors condemned him, even after he was in office. Modern psychiatry believes that Lincoln was clinically depressed. Even if he was, he guided the United States through its most difficult and bloody era.
Lincoln believed in and lived his dream, even though it killed him.
How many dreams and aspirations have been killed or crushed by some heavy hand? In our today, how many beginnings have been stopped by some form of, "no, you cannot do that because ..... ." The sad answer is - one too many.
The next time someone steps on your toes, kicks you in the balls, or pisses on your dream, ask them this: what have you done in your lifetime to advance yourself and humanity? Who are you to judge me and my dream? What is it that makes my desire to create something special and good a threat to you and your interests? Are your jealous that my success can out shine you? Those who condemn another's efforts of any kind for self-improvement or positive human advancement are a sad bunch.
These people harbor a belief that they are perfect; they are not. They think that they have all the answers; they do not. Believe in your dream and pursue it; the hell with them. Asatru, the belief in the old Gods, supports those folks who want to advance themselves in a positive manner.
Verse #9 from the Havamal - It is a happy man who is smart and clever. Many times you will get bad advice when you ask (or it is thrust upon you......italics, mine) for another's opinion.
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