Every interaction is a potential customer or contact. That’s why integrity and character are so critical to long-term success — you never know who is going to help take your business to the next level. When you’re serious about building your dream, everyone you meet falls into one of two categories: “Dream Supporters” or “Dream Killers.” There are no neutral people in the life of an entrepreneur. Don’t ever forget that!
When you step out on faith, you’ll need all the help you can get because chances are you are going to fall flat on your face more than a few times before you find your way. I’m not saying you need “Yes Men,” but you will definitely need people around you who will pick you up when you fall and cheer you on. No matter how smart and ambitious you may think you are, failure is guaranteed, and naysayers will be right there waiting to tell you, “See, I told you that idea wouldn’t work!” Or, as in my case, “I told you nobody was going to pay for your book!” Dream Killers live for the moment where they can say, “I told you so!”
But failure is a necessary step to success. My story is no different; I went bankrupt and had a failed marriage on my way to success. I remember telling my then-wife, “Something is going on in my life and I need to remove myself from this situation if I want it to happen.” She was an incredible wife, but the marriage was not healthy for either one of us. It was great that we were able to remain friends, but my destiny was calling me, and it was speaking loudly. After we separated, I moved into an apartment with nothing but a waterbed, kitchen table, TV set that I had on crates, cheap desk and my computer. That was the beginning of Legacy Publishing. I borrowed $1,000 from two of my fellow co-workers, Louis Salazar and Rodney Julian, and another thousand from my mother. That was the investment that allowed me to set out to live my dream of becoming a writer.
But while all of this was happening, there were people all around me doubting that I could do it. Even when my manuscript was done and everyone was complimenting me on writing a 300-page book, there were many others quietly hoping I would fail. Some of you have had this same experience. You get so tired of people being negative; you just stop sharing your dream altogether, and that’s a good idea. It’s a mistake to share your dream with Dream Killers. The more you tell them, the more reason they give you for why it won’t work. And the closer you get to your dream, the more hateful they become.
By Michael Baisden
Excerpt from his book, Raise Your Hand If You Have Issues!
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Being Happy Is Your Responsibility!
Happiness is not magic; it’s a choice. Yes, some of us start out in worse circumstances than others, but in the end, it all comes down to attitude, a vision for a better future and surrounding yourself with positive people. But most of all happiness comes from within. You should never expect someone else to make you happy. That’s your job!
But not only do people refuse to take responsibility for their own happiness they give others the power to make them unhappy and that’s some fragernackle bull! Once someone demonstrates, they don’t have your best interest at heart cut them off! I don’t give a damn how much time, money or emotions have been invested. These people are telling you loud and clear they don’t care about you or your happiness.
We all know how hard it is to find and create happiness and most of us at some point in our lives, do obtain it; but the problem is we don’t protect it! Take my advice, once you find someone who adds to your happiness, once you find a goal that motivates you, and once you get into a routine of living healthy, thinking positive, and having peace, treat it like a precious jewel and guard it against those who will only seek to destroy it.
It’s not always a matter of them being jealous; some people are just plain old negative so stop trying to convert them. When they are ready to graduate to the next level, you’ll see the change in them the way they see your light shining. Until then, live in your bubble of happiness and stop sharing your dreams with dream killers. ~ Michael Baisden
Inspired by my book, Raise Your Hand If You Have Issues.
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