A Tolerance for Discouragement

Stick-to-it-ness is 90 percent of success. A vision isn’t enough, you have to execute it. And once you start bringing your ideas to life, you suddenly have to face reality. Creating something out of nothing is a lot of hard work. It can be extremely frustrating. And not everyone else will be as in love with it as you are.

The Art of Nonconformity has some truly inspiring posts about nay-sayers (like this one). Most people are uncomfortable putting themselves out there in this way. Some of them will want to make you just as uncomfortable as they are. They will tell you it’s a bad idea, or that it simply can’t work in the “real world,” or that you don’t have enough experience … whatever.

It’ll sting. You might even start doubting it all, wondering if these naysayers are right. There’s nothing wrong with having those down moments. We all have them. But if you’re going to make it, you’ll have to build a tolerance for these feelings of discouragement. Feel it. Accept it. Move on. Being able to cope with that and keep going in the face of it, that’s what separates the talkers and the doers.

There’s a reason not everyone does this. Creating is going against the grain. You will meet resistance. Don’t let it stop you.


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