Have you ever just come across a set of words that cause a visceral reaction in you? A set of words that bring back an onslaught of memories like someone opened the floodgates at the Lessons of Life Dam? I had that happen today. It was a simple line, but one that holds a lot of power. “Being underestimated is the ultimate stimulant.” ~Gary Vaynerchuk
I remember many times in life where someone underestimated me. The boss that didn’t think I was qualified for a promotion. The partner who didn’t think I was capable of change? The friend who thought I would let them down. The peers who thought my goals were too lofty and unattainable and who suggested I slow down. The teacher who thought I would never use my voice. I thank the universe for giving me the steadfastness to persevere through others negative perceptions about me.
Have you had times where the odds were just against you? How did you overcome these odds? Are you one who thrives on adversity and pushes through any situation to prove to yourself and the world that you can accomplish something? Not everyone is this type of person. Some people can’t bear the weight of adversity and feel paralyzed when there is an outside circumstance or another human who doesn’t believe in their abilities to overcome.
How Do You Find Motivation in Being Underestimated?
The quote above from Gary Vaynerchuk is a powerful motivator. Think about it. Think about a time when you were underestimated and you ultimately then took advantage of that opportunity. What was it? I want to know.
Being heartbroken, undervalued in any way, or let go from a job can motivate you to take on the world. I find there are two kinds of people in the world: the kind of people that is defeated by the adversity or the kind that takes on every challenge and moves forward, determined to succeed. This determination comes from a faith and belief that the universe has their back.
Being underestimated can lead you to question your core beliefs. It can lead you to doubt yourself and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it stimulates you to dig deep and find out who you really are. And what comes out of those questions is a more authentic you. It makes you understand that the sometimes we need to let go of things or people that are no longer serving us for us to move forward.
Who Do You Surround Yourself With?
The people you surround yourself with, the people who are in your inner circle help shape your forward progress. They can support you and uplift you or tear you down and hold you back. You have to have supportive relationships with people. Who is in your inner circle pushing you forward and supporting your dreams and never underestimate you? Who is on your side because they know your worth, understand your drive and know your full potential? These people help you to remember who you are and remind you why you love the things you love.
Ultimately YOU are what drives you forward. YOU are the driving force that says…”Don’t underestimate me.” That phrase drives me most these days. Look out world, here I come. And I have beautiful things to share with all of you.
Again, let us know how being underestimated has helped you find your true passions in life.
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Written by Love Wide Open Founder, Heidi Dellaire
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