One of the largest motivators in my life this far has been an individual telling me “there is no way you can do that!” “You just can’t!” This is usually the catalyst that propels me into overdrive in order to make sure that the achievement occurs. I should state that I always find this as a wonderfully exhilarating challenge and I look forward to proving “I can”.
I have many examples of this happening throughout my lifetime. When my oldest was in second grade she learned how to knit. She was obsessed with knitting and my mother sent her knitting supplies for her birthday, along with a short knitting guide-book for children. After a few months my daughter grew bored with the knitting and stopped. I then picked up the knitting guide and started studying it. My partner looked at me as I was carefully reading and proclaimed, “You can’t learn to knit from a book!” Twenty scarves, numerous pairs of gloves, 20+ hats and three sweaters later I have more than proven her wrong – Indeed, I CAN learn to knit from a book!!!
I work at a wonderful school. Two years before I got to the school there was a strategic planning session where it was decided that the school would not be capable or able to grow and offer a solid high school program. Additionally, when I agreed to move to take the position a friend said to me, “you can’t move there, they only go to grade 6 – your own children need a school through high school.” I replied, “By the time my girls need a high school, there will be one.” Today, five years later, we have a solid, accredited high school program – 4 years before my eldest even needs it!
There are individuals who are discouraged and lose hope when people tell them something cannot be done. I do not respond this way – I muster up every last bit of energy within and work to prove that, indeed, almost nothing is really impossible.