League of Extraordinary Women – Is it bad that this is my motivation to succeed?

Posted By Sheryl Thai On 4 November 2016
I have a confession to make. When I think about what really motivates me to get out of bed every morning, the notion that I’m making the world a better place is often what I think about. But there are days, tough and hard days where doubt starts to settle in and you think it’s just all too hard. Then you have to really dig deep to know what it is that fuels that fire in you.
I had a one of those days (maybe weeks) recently and surprisingly as I was reminded of someone who had doubted my work and ability to achieve my goals, did it click. I wanted to prove them wrong. It made me so angry, upset, frustrated and put me in a state of fury that I harnessed and transmuted that energy into motivation to get something done. And for days, I worked harder than before, solving problems that I thought weren’t possible. Coming up with creative ideas and taking initiative.
…all because this person that I had met, doubted I could do anything worthwhile with my idea for League of Extraordinary Women. I just really, really wanted to stick it to them.
So my question to you is, do you think it’s bad that this is my driving motivation to succeed? Does anyone else have a success story using the “Prove Them Wrong” idea as the motivating driver? Or do you think we should find more positive ways to create motivation to move forward? 
I would love to hear your comments, so please leave one, even if it’s a one liner.

Stay Peachy,

Sheryl Thai, CEO

League of Extraordinary Women

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5 Responses

  1. Haha..you made my day Sheryl!

    I was thinking of the exact same thing today and realised how badly I wanted to prove this one person wrong who recently made me feel pretty unworthy and silly for having such big plans. Felt selfish and a bit ‘mean’ to be thinking like that I guess I’m not the only one who thinks like that 😉

    Have a nice weekend 🙂

  2. dog&boy says:

    Hello Sheryl,

    I loved this. You made my day/week/month/year with this post. I too posted on Insta a few weeks back about a very similar situation when I told people I was starting dog&boy – the comment when I told people was similar to, ‘Oh, really?! That’s what you’re going to do? Oh, OK. Good luck!’.

    I found a wonderful poem by Shel Silverstein that I thought said it all. I hope you enjoy it too:

    Listen to Mustn’ts, child, listen to the Don’ts.
    Listen to the Shouldn’ts, the Impossibles, the Won’ts.
    Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.
    Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.

    Oh, now go prove them wrong 😉 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻

    Take care and happy weekend,
    Sonya x

  3. Lori Bastone says:

    Perfect timing as always Sheryl! I bumped into ‘that’ person at the races this week and had the chance to hide under my table or stand up straight with my heels on and towered over him and said hello! I could see the awkwardness on his face and I gave a big smile! Ha! Take that!

  4. Amanda says:

    I hate to say it but sometimes I am that person…to myself!
    I often find myself out running my own critical voice.
    I always win (but she chases me)

  5. Ally says:

    We doubt ourselves and then someone shows up that reflects that. We aren’t proving them wrong we just proving to ourselves we can do it!!

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