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Lesson 47

Overcoming the Obstacle of Naysayers

“One of the hardest obstacles I had to overcome when I decided to leave my decade-plus career in law was blocking out the negativity and negative thoughts that came from “naysayers.” I define naysayers as the people who will watch what you do with intrigue and interest, wonder how you do (or did) it, but fail to offer a single encouraging word of praise. They will not support you, they will not congratulate you, and they will not approve of your career decisions.

Instead, naysayers will offer words of discouragement to derail you or make you believe that your decision to have your own law firm, leave the practice of law, or take your legal career in a different direction is not the “right choice”—or it is simply “foolish.”

Trust me when I implore you to just say “no” to the naysayers. They will not see the vision you see, and it isn’t their responsibility to see it. It’s your responsibility to live that vision and believe in it.”

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