What sets the Henry Ford’s and the Thomas Edison’s of history apart from everyone else? What was it that allowed them to achieve more than their contemporaries?
While there are many factors that define those types of people, there is a recurring trait that they all posses.
They didn’t throw rocks.
Winston Churchill once said, “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
If Henry Ford had stopped and addressed all the people that laughed at his idea that everyone would one day own a car, he wouldn’t have gotten much done.
If Thomas Edison had thrown rocks at every dog that barked in his direction, the light bulb may have only been a passing thought.
If you currently have or have ever had a dream of doing something great, then I’m sure you know what I am talking about.
Some people just cannot see past today. They cannot conceive being able to change the future. They do what they have always done. They do what they would consider to be normal, and when you try to change normal, they bark.
Some dogs are larger and bark louder than others; just keep going. They are chained down by their own fears and self-doubt. They are harmless.
The large, loud barking dogs are not the ones that you should be concerned with however. It’s the tiny ankle bitters that need addressing.
Studies show that significantly more people are injured every year by tripping over small dogs than are injured from being attacked by larger dogs.
The same is true in life. The tiny dogs that we allow to yap at our feet can hold us back if we allow them to. Because they are so small, we think they are not dangerous. Then one day you look back and see that you have been tripping and stumbling over small dogs without accomplishing anything in life.
Let me preface what I am about to say by stating that I love dogs. I’m a big fan of Scooby-Doo and I once tried to train my dog to play basketball like Air Bud (didn’t work out). Being that we are using the analogy of “barking dogs” the best analogy that I can give of how to handle those little yappy dogs is to kick them in the face!
How do you go about kicking an analogous (yes that is a real word) dog in the face you ask?
You keep working hard at your dream. You ignore the unkind words. You do not conform to their “normal”. You press on.
In short, you prove them wrong.
Don’t be afraid to be different.
If Henry Ford had gone about improving transportation like everyone else, he might have invented a better horsewhip. If Thomas Edison had tried to improve lighting like all the other scientist, he probably would have produced a better candle.
As you encounter those yappy dogs that bark at every new idea you have, don’t stop moving forward. As you are running towards your dreams, kick them (analogously) in the face and keep moving.