Be the Change
In life, it's easy to get discouraged when people don't support you.
Often, it's the people closest to us, even friends or family, who refuse to see the work you're putting in or approve of your life decisions.
That feeling of discouragement is universal—there is no one on earth who has as much love as they deserve. I have personally been there, but a simple message helped me out of that dark place.
Let me ask you something: Is your life's work meaningful to the world? Are you building something purposeful, or something that will really help people? Are you making this earth a better place?
If the answer to those questions is "yes," worrying about support is only going to waste time that would be better spent on your vision. Although I was personally lucky enough to have parents who supported me, not everyone close to me saw the same vision I did in the beginning.
When I was in high school and college, I told people with confidence that I would make it to the NFL. People looked at me like I was crazy! Why? They had never done it before, and they didn't know anyone who had.
When you are working on something truly special and rare, you can't expect people to understand your vision!
Some of you want to start businesses. Some of you are looking for support and not finding it, that lack of support is stressing you out. That lack of support is making you second-guess your dreams, your capabilities, and your choices.
The tough truth is that it isn't up to them to see your vision!
God gave your vision to you for a reason, and it isn't up to anyone else to resonate with that vision the way you do. They don't see what you see because God never required them to see it!
The farther you get in your journey, the farther you'll leave certain people behind.
Although that message might sound pessimistic to some of you, there's a silver lining—you are going to get new people, people who are on the same path as you, and you are going to help each other find the way. You are going to find your best friends and greatest supporters in people who are complete strangers to you right now, and they're going to make you realize you never had anything to worry about.
The world loses some incredible dreams every day due to a lack of support. It doesn't have to be that way! The most beautiful thing about my message today is that you have the capability to support the greatness of others. You have the capability to validate them, respect them, and truly see what they're doing. Is there someone you love who's working as hard as they can? Show them some love, and the world will be a better place for it. Show them support, and help keep somebody's dream alive.
It all starts with you.