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So curious, have you ever had someone not believe in you or they said something really horrible about your work or felt like a punch in the gut and just left you thinking, “Oh my God, how could someone be that mean?” I have.
So let me tell you what it did for me and, more importantly, what it could do for you.
So back in 2009 my program B-School was getting ready to be brought into the world and I was trying to do everything I could to make it a success.
I was trying to network, find promotional partners, basically get the word out all over.
So I went to this business conference in Washington DC and I was so excited to be there.
I had my little conference badge around my neck, I had my big conference binder under my arm, everything was going good.
So I'm on the escalator heading to go up to one of the main sessions and there was this guy in front of me and he was part of the conference too.
So, of course, as you do at conferences, he turned around and he asked me. It's like, “Oh, so what do you do?”
This was the perfect opportunity. I was so excited. I started telling him about B-School.
I said, “Oh, I'm launching this incredible online business program for women entrepreneurs.”
And so he says, “Oh, that's cute. Is that a hobby? Do you actually make money doing that? Or do you have a rich husband who is bankrolling you?”
For one of the very few times in my life, I was absolutely speechless.
I felt like I just got gone by the ultimate business debate.
I was thinking to myself,“I cannot believe a-hole like this still exists.”And thank God it was a short little escalator ride because I wanted to throw him over that freaking escalator.
I got myself together, I mustered out something about that I had been successfully supporting myself in business for the last 9 years, and then I did whatever I could to get away from that turd muncher as fast as humanly possible.
Now, here's my point, well that guy was a total ignorato for what he said to me, I actually thank him for not believing in me. I thank him for underestimating me.
I thank him for being a totally ignorant chauvinistic piece of poop. You know why?
Because he actually fueled me to make B-School even more of a success.
I was already committed to it, but after that interaction, nothing was going to stop me.
Now, I know that not everybody is wired in the exact same way, but for me when I want some really bad and someone basically says, “You can't do that,”it just gets me totally fired up and motivated to prove them wrong.
And, yes, I know in a certain spiritual framework we don't wanna be reactive to life, but what I'm saying is this, is that every single thing that happens to you, including what I now call escalator moment, are fuel for growth and sometimes even more so than the encouraging moments.
And to help you remember this, here's a Tweetable: “Sometimes a put-down is the best fuel to fire you up.”So let's turn this inspiration into action.
I would love to hear about your escalator moment.
Let's have a real honest to goodness thank you fest for those people that have not believed in you or for those times when life has challenged your belief in yourself.
Tell me how you can take one of those moments and really let it fuel you into what you want to create right now.
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