Telling someone they can’t do something is the best motivation you can give them to prove you wrong.
Let me tell you a story.
A few years ago I was spending the afternoon with a friend when the topic of my photography came up. She then confided in me that her mom thought my decision to major in photo journalism and pursue my dreams of owning my own photography business after college was “a huge mistake.” I was stunned, and my feelings? They were hurt. Here was someone (someone I grew up around and had known throughout a large part of my childhood) basically saying that my dreams and ideas were awful dreams and ideas. I’m not sure why she thought what she thought, and her reasoning doesn’t really matter to me. Yes my feelings were hurt, but after an hour or so that hurt turned into motivation. Not only motivation to prove her wrong, but to prove to myself that my decisions were right. I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I think I’m doing a pretty darn good job working to where I want to be.
And speaking of motivation, here’s a picture I took during my flight back from WPPI.