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Coping with Naysayers

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on November 7, 2013

Today I was part of a panel at Carole Copeland Thomas’s Multicultural Symposium at UMass Boston. The topic was sharing tips for coping with Naysayers. It was a great morning and it was also energizing. I think we all like to hear about how others overcome and thrive. It helps us move past our “stuck” places. You know, those spaces we get in when we are worried about failure, feel we have failed, or feel pulled at from a million different directions.

Latoyia Edwards, the morning keynote and the evening anchor on NECN was hilarious and real. A couple of her ingredients for success include:
1) Have a dream
2) Outwork your competition
3) Be willing to do anything (even bringing someone a glass of water, tie their shoe, whatever!)
4) Never be too big to talk to anyone
5) Do your homework
6) Go after what you want and don’t let anyone else steal your dream

Chancellor Motley shared some thoughts about naysayers too:
1) Be the smartest person in the room
2) Stay focused
3) Stay the course
4) Forgive but don’t forget

There was a similar thread throughout the presentations. And of course there was some gloating…I mean people were trying to pull us down…and we overcame. Celebrate, but celebrate through continued success and growth, not through punishment of others (but no one says you have to go out of your way for them either).
Here is the outline of the thread:
– have a passion for something
– be prepared and be willing to do anything…no matter how minor a task
– build your community of supporters
– do your homework/research
– get comfortable with your confidence even when others are not
– take risks, put yourself out there
– take care of yourself (physically and mentally)
– be okay with saying no to things that don’t enhance your life

As a speaker on the panel, I shared stories that I have written in past blog posts…there are always naysayers. I have some in my life now, actively working against me. My village of supporters, my advocates are stronger than their voices. I may fail, but if I do, I won’t be alone. I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up, but I know I will be prepared for new opportunities and I will be in a position to say “yes” to the things I want in my life and that will help me continue to grow.

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?


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