Don’t listen to the “naysayers.” There is always going to be a voice of dissent… in any endeavor that you might undertake. There’s always someone who says it can’t be done; or you’re not capable of doing that; there’s not enough money in it to make it a worthwhile venture; or even…. No one really likes you. Listening to a naysayer is the same thing as taking “no” for an answer. My college counselor told me I was not college material and suggested that I attend Technical College. Had I listened to him, or even the close family confidant who suggested I go to work for the Post Office, or all the other naysayers….I’d be just like my good, and very long-time friend, who did go to work for the Post Office. He retired 20 years ago, while making $75K, and then retired again from Local Government, and now, between three retirement plans, he probably draws about $75K, and still works for the Government making another 75K….not bad at all. I’m very proud of my friend, as he’s the exception; he is one of the most dedicated, and hard-working government employees that I know. And, yeah…that’s where I’d be. I’d be nice, safe and cushioned….. but, I’d also be very sorry for not following my instincts….for not doing it “my way.” Instead, I retired in 1997, at age 58, with no retirement benefits what-so-ever. And boy-o-boy, what a ride I’ve had. And, on the way, I’ve been my own boss, dealt very little with red-tape and indecision; plus, I’ve accumulated residual, and passive income that keeps my ship afloat very nicely. I tell you this for a reason….as there’s certainly nothing to brag about. I refused to listen to the naysayers, and there were plenty. I refused to take “no” for an answer. I refused to take the easy way out. I refused to “kiss-tail.” And, I refused to “join the crowd.” Plus, I worked 60 hour weeks, NEVER took a vacation (except the occasional long-week-end); and attended night school, and gained two college degrees. I kept my nose clean, and stayed out of trouble. Think about this: when you have encountered the naysayer…who is he? Is he jealous, or envious? Is he deeply in debt? Does he have a success story to tell? Does he flirt with the “apple?” In other words…consider the source. If you want good advice, then go to the guy who is “the hardest working,” guy on staff, and don’t even consider his educational background; rather… consider his work ethic, and his moral compass. Consider how he treats his Wife, Mother, and Mother-in-law. Consider his spiritual habits. Does he go to Church; read the Bible, smoke or drink, and… does he believe in the power of prayer, and live by the Golden-Rule? That’s the guy I would listen to…. The encourager. I don’t need a bible verse to back up anything I’ve said, here. But…if you need one…then read this: Matthew Chapter 7:7-8 – Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. For my advice/opinion email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blessings…cjlb …8/2/14.
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