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[ I Love Proving People Wrong ]Want to know what one of my biggest joys in life is? Proving people wrong. For most of my life, people have told me I couldn’t do something. In sports, in school, in the working world, you name it.
Lack Of Belief From Others Has Been A Common Theme In My Life
I didn’t look the part or act the part. I wasn’t the carbon copy of someone you thought of when you imagined a successful person.
I was always the smallest kid in the group. When it came to playing sports, I was told I was too small to play. The other kids would think I was weak. I’d usually feel embarrassed and inferior but would somehow get picked at the end.
Later on in life, when I was in Junior High, I was bullied relentlessly. Kids picked on me because I wasn’t strong enough to fight back. When you’re an easy target, bad things will happen to you — if you let them.
School bored me for the most part so my grades also ended up not being great. Consequently, my family told me I probably wouldn’t get a decent job when I graduated.
Time After Time I Proved People Wrong
I started lifting weights and taking better care of myself at the age of 15. I knew I’d never be the biggest guy in the game (I’m only 5'3) but I knew I could be one of the most athletic. My strength, speed, agility, and dedication to learning proper technique were all reasons why I was able to excel in Mixed Martial Arts during my early 20's.
I was still able to get into a decent college (after I went to Community College for two years and worked my ass off to get good grades). Even though the classes were much more difficult when I went to a four-year university, I was still able to graduate with a 3.25 GPA. Not bad for a kid who graduated high school with a measly 2.6 GPA.
For the past 15 years, I’ve been able to work at several companies small and large. These companies have also been in various industries/sectors. Along the way, I’ve been able to interact with amazing people. Countless experiences, mentors, ups, and downs. It’s been a hell of a ride.
This Has Been My Life
People tell me I can’t do something. Then I go out and prove to them I can. I don’t know exactly why I enjoy proving people wrong so much. But, I’ve made a career out of exceeding people’s low expectations of me.
Is it something in my DNA?
Am I a product of the environment I was raised in?
I don’t know. Maybe, I’m just sick of people disrespecting me and not believing in me.
At the same time, there is a sense of profound joy you feel when you accomplish things nobody thought you were capable of accomplishing.
It all starts and ends with your mentality. You can either let people set low expectations on you — and you can meet them. Or you can shatter those same expectations.