Dear Entrepreneur: Stay Clear of Negativity

You might have heard how negativity is a bad thing when it comes to having the right mindset for success.

It’s true!

Negativity is one of the biggest things that can keep you from being successful.

The reason negativity can keep you stuck, holding you back from obtaining goals and changing any part of your life, is because negativity wipes out motivation.

It’s hard to feel motivated about anything when your head is full of negative messages.

Here’s what usually happens…

You’re fired up, ready to charge ahead with reaching success, when along comes someone who says something like…

“You don’t have that kind of talent”

“Really, you’re going to do what?  Don’t you need a degree to know how to do that?”

“You’d better stick with your day job!  You don’t have the talent, knowledge, money, support or the courage to make it work.”

Before you know it, that negativity has seeped all the way into your mind and self doubt begins escalate.

And once that happens, you start believing that maybe they’re right.

I don’t have the talent, knowledge, skills, money or anything else for that matter to succeed.

Before you know it, you’re not even trying to move forward anymore.

When negativity destroys your motivation, it destroys your confidence.

Because many people just have a damaging outlook on life, they spread their negativity.

It’s second nature to them, but don’t you dare accept it!

Reject their negativity.

When you’re begin to work towards your goals, you’ll need to become aware of who in your life is destructive.

It’s usually always going to be family.

Sorry, not sorry.  It’s true!

Under the well-meaning guise of trying to be helpful and not wanting to see you get hurt or fail, they’re going to try to persuade you that what you’re trying to do can’t be done.

Next, it’ll be your friends.

Many of your friends probably have their lives already mapped out right through their retirement years and you can bet it doesn’t involve stepping out and running their own business.

Friends often play it safe and so they want you to do the same.

It’s true that being an entrepreneur means there will be some risk. There will be long hours. There will be trial and error.

But that’s not a bad thing.

It’s just part of the process and you can’t let friends influence you to give up on your dreams.

You’ll find on your entrepreneurial journey that there are even some fellow marketers who are negative.

These people whine about how difficult it is.

They point out the pitfalls, they talk about the downside and it seems like they do nothing but discourage others and themselves.

If you really want to be a success, you have to isolate yourself from negativity.

If you don’t, you’ll eventually start to believe their negative feedback, your motivation will either suffer or disappear altogether and eventually, you’ll give up.

Instead, surround yourself with people who are positive.

People who look forward to challenges and see setbacks as opportunities to learn from rather than as signs to give up.

Being around positive people will be a support team for you and help you keep your motivation high as you work to build your future as a successful entrepreneur.

Have you encountered negativity on your journey to becoming an entrepreneur? How did you handle it.  Provide your answers below!


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