The Real Trick

Everybody loves an underdog, but no one loves being one.

And rightfully so. The public loves a good success story. But we as the potentially successful people in question have a hard time when we’re underdogs.

I’ll be straight up with you and say I’m not much of an underdog. Nobody’s told me I’m a bad writer since fourth grade when some crappy people were trying to put me down because they hated me because I was weird.

But how does that happen? That’s what I want to talk to you about. I don’t think anyone deserves to be in a position where they’re getting insulted and told they won’t be successful. It’s sometimes a good thing–sometimes it’s just the push someone needs to go forward. And it’s also fun to think about all the people who told you you couldn’t do it when you actually do do it.

But if you have depression, then it probably won’t work that way. Someone puts you down, and you stay down. I don’t want that for you. So I want to talk about how to keep yourself from getting put down.

1. Surround yourself with positive people.

2. But don’t forget a few critical but friendly people.

3. Let them make you confident.

4. When someone asks what you do, tell them proudly, unwaveringly. Tell them how much you love it.

5. But also say that you have a back-up plan or something that you do or will do for “real” money.

6. You should probably actually have said back-up plan. Not only for yourself but also because they’ll probably ask what it is. Or you can just say what it is instead of using the vague term “back-up plan.”

And that’s really all there is to it. If you say it with confidence, then no one will question you or scoff. And if they do, know that they’re wrong. Know that you have tons more people back where you live that will support you and tell you that you can do it. You can do it. Now all you have to do is believe it.

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