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Ignore the haters

Ignore the haters

Someone once described haters as “people who whisper your success, but broadcast your failure”. They are always there no matter how you try to shake them off. Don’t even attempt to please them, because the more you do, the more they would keep hating on you.

Those who aren’t successful in life, don’t have issues with haters, because they are already down. The focus is always on those who aspire to achieve their dreams and goals in life. The more successful you are in life, the more the hate.

Eight years ago, when I bought my first call, not all my friends were happy with me. Some secretly envied me and with envy came hatred. It got worse when I started making real progress in my career.

How I dealt with haters

I focused on those who are happy to have me around and ignored the haters. This has worked quite well for me, because the more I ignore them, the quicker they disappeared. They realized that I wasn’t ready to take their hate seriously, and so they gave up hating on me.

Don’t get distracted

It is easier to get distracted when people say hurtful words about us. A young lady who was in an abusive relationship and had grown to hate herself shared her experience. “Each day was like hell on earth. I tried all I could to please him, but the more I did, the more he hated me. I felt I was not good enough. At a point, I had to break up with him, when the abuse was affecting me emotionally.

Those were the most difficult periods of my life. I became overweight, as I wasn’t watching my diet anymore. When I left Dave, I did all I could to gain back my confidence. It was a real struggle because I had almost lost everything. My self-worth was all gone. I had zero self-confidence and I was standing at the very edge of a mental breakdown.

Relocating to a new city and finding a new job gave me a fresh lease of life. It was like a heavy burden had been lifted off my fragile shoulder. For once I was getting my groove back and I loved it. The bad energy was all gone and I was able to make new friends.

Two years after, I fell in love with someone whom I refer to as my sunshine. He erased all the hate toxins that David had deposited in me. I realized that life always gives us a second chance to become who we truly want to become in life. Love triumphed over hate and I was the happiest soul that ever lived”

Never pay evil with evil

There is always the temptation to hate those who hate you. Unfortunately, that may not be the right approach. Like Martin Luther, King Jnr said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that

We must always find a way to forgive those who hate without reason. Love them and always find a place in your heart to forgive them. Hopefully, they would see a reason to stop hating and start loving.

Get Inspired by hate

Some call them haters, but I would prefer to call them motivators. Let the actions of the few that hate you push you to greater heights. Keep using the stone of hate thrown at you, to build a platform that will inspire you towards your goals in life.

On the 14th of October 2019, Bulgaria hosted England in a Euro 2020 Qualifier. The match was almost marred with monkey chants each time England winger Raheem Sterling was on the ball. Raheem refused to allow racial abuse to weigh him down. It rather motivated him to put in his best performance in the color of England. He went ahead to score a brace, as England thumped Bulgaria 6-0.

Adversity is a motivator, not a hindrance

Adversity is a motivator, not a hindrance

Adversity is the grindstone of life. Intended to polish you up, adversity also can grind you down. The impact and ultimate result depend on what you do with the difficulties that come your way. Consider the phenomenal achievements of people experiencing adversity. So many inspiring stories of extraordinary individuals who used adversity as a stepping stone to achieving their dreams in life.

Beethoven

Beethoven composed his greatest works after becoming deaf. It may sound impossible, but he did it. In adversity, Beethoven tapped into his inner light and heard beautiful compositions, that he penned into a great masterpiece. His Symphony 5 has become treasured as a classic that has been played over and over again in most concerts across the globe.

Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh wrote the History of the World during thirteen-year imprisonment. He had every reason to be discouraged in the face of great adversity, but Walter Raleigh motivated himself and help create a piece of history from his long years of traveling.

Christopher Columbus

If Columbus had turned back, no one could have blamed him, considering the constant adversity he endured. Of course, no one would have remembered him either. He faced constant threats of starvation and dehydration while on his numerous voyage. He became malnourished and developed scurvy as a result of lack of vitamin C. These difficulties never slowed him down, but rather propelled him to achieve his dream in life.

Abraham Lincoln

His story is a common tale often told to inspire those going through all sorts of adversity. Abraham Lincoln achieved greatness by his display of wisdom and character during the devastation of the Civil War. He failed on several occasions in his personal life, business, and political career. He nonetheless overcame all these challenges to achieve success.

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King overcame so much adversity in his fight for equality and justice. He was imprisoned on so many occasions. He was stabbed. His house got burnt. There were so many threatening phone calls from strangers. He stood firm and never gave in to fear. Adversity was like a stimulus to the brave Martin Luther King.

Amid great adversity, he made his famous speech: “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”

Mary Groda-Lewis

If there’s anyone who faced tremendous adversity in pursuit of her dream, that person should be Mary Groda-Lewis. Mary had to endure sixteen years of illiteracy because of unrecognized dyslexia. The authorities had to place her to a reformatory on two different occasions. Afflicted by a stroke while bearing a child, she refused to give up. Desperate to go back to college, she worked at a variety of odd jobs to save money and graduated with her high school equivalency at eighteen.

Mary was named Oregon’s outstanding Upward Bound student and finally entered college. Determined to become a doctor, she faced fifteen medical school rejections until Albany Medical College finally accepted her. In 1984, Dr. Mary Groda-Lewis, at thirty-five, graduated with honors to fulfill her dream.




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