On the thoughts of naysayers

Earlier last week I was informed I’m “not a real businessman” by someone who I have considered a friend. They have a degree yet haven’t done anything yet. As you might imagine, I laughed when I was told I wasn’t a “businessman” (whatever that’s even supposed to mean), and said, “why do you say that?” to just be responded with, “Well, you don’t have a degree.”

“Ok, so how does a degree make you a real businessman?”

Let me just get straight to my point here: My opinion of this person has dropped considerably since they got their degree. It seems they consider that necessary for anything of merit, and they’ve certainly made it known to me that they feel that way. Unfortunately, for all the incredible amounts of money people owe on student loans, I must say that’s not the case; a degree is definitely not required for success. However, if your goal is to have a degree, you’ll obviously need to get one to have success with that goal. 🙂

For all those that feel depressed because they can’t afford college, or because they feel like they’re going to school because of what other people want: don’t worry about it if you think you know enough. Even if you don’t know enough: I didn’t know enough when I started Solanimus, but it’s still going forward.

For all those that feel discouraged because of the misconceptions and/or ignorance of others: forget them. People always want to take shots at those that can achieve higher than them (and it’s not always fully on purpose). I’ve been told I’m not a real businessman, not a true game designer, not a real programmer, uneducated, stupid, worthless, lazy, and many other things that most people who truly know me wouldn’t think.

…and I don’t think any of it either. Naysayers that discourage you are the bane of your ability to achieve success. Shut them up and shut them out. Let your success be your response to criticism, because they’ll probably still be doing the same thing every day when you’re done.

This week I’ll leave you with some quotes:

Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.

~Nikola Tesla

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
~John Locke

Whatever you do you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon, there will always be someone to tell you that you are wrong.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can’t be done.
~Calvin Coolidge

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
~Dale Carnegie

While this post wasn’t for everyone, only actually for a few most likely, I hope everyone keeps it in mind when they find themselves judging others, especially on the subject of their aspirations.

~David Klingler