Today’s entry from my entrepreneur’s diary: In the past when people told me I couldn’t do something, it motivated me to show them that they’re wrong and that I could do it. Examples:
Tutor in driving school: I told him I had an accident when a car run me over, since then I have fear of cars, when I cross the road, I run. Once I wasn’t doing that well in my driving, he said: “you will never get a driving license, you must have many other problems!”. He said this to another girl who was in the car with me when she was doing her driving lesson as well. He wasn’t a nice person and he wasn’t a good tutor. No surprise, I didn’t pass the driving test twice. I went to another driving school where the teacher was very patient and kind. I passed the driving test the first time. I got my first car. One day, I was turning at a cross roads and the teacher from the first driving school was driving from the opposite direction and had to wait for me to turn. I’ll never forget his surprised face when he saw me at the wheel! He almost bumped into my car as he forgot to break!! 😉
Professor at university: professor of Italian told me “you’ll never be able to pass the Italian exam, you’d have to go to the secondary school again in Italy to be able to pass then”. I attended all classes, did all the additional exercise classes, used my knowledge of Czech grammar to understand the grammatical analysis that was required, I did all the 10 written tests and one oral exam that were required and got excellence! When I went to this professor to write the excellent mark in my book, he admitted he was wrong and said: “ah, it wasn’t you, I mixed you up with a Polish girl”. Here you go! I graduated first class 😊
These two examples show that I’m skilled at overcoming adversity and negativity of others. These episodes show that I’m fully capable of overcoming someone’s negative remarks and even that someone’s negative remarks motivate me to show them the opposite. I get satisfaction from telling them: you see, I can do it. So now, why not apply this to my own negative self that tells me: “you can’t do it, you can’t be an entrepreneur, you grew up in a communist regime where nobody could be an entrepreneur, it’s impossible for you to have your own business”? So now I’m telling this person: you are wrong, I can do it! You’ll see 😊
What are your examples that YOU CAN DO IT!