Do you believe in your own belief? How affected are you by the economy, the election, the market or technology? Does what others think play into your decision making? What about your last bad review, that thing your old “friend” said about your potential or what happened to the last person who tried, do those things affect your thinking?
Of course they do. A person who has no consideration for other people is a psychopath.
I hope you aren’t a psychopath!
All of these things play into our decisions, our actions and how we move forward. If you write a book on recording music to 8-tracks, and no one buys it, you shouldn’t write three more. What people think does matter . . .
I wrote an article called Dealing With Non-Believers that has been misinterpreted somewhat. In it I said not to focus on the non-believers, they just may not be able to get it. Which is true. Our focus should not be on those who don’t get what we are doing, what we are saying or who we are trying to influence. Our focus should be on those who do get it. However, if you don’t have anyone who does get it, it may be time to re-evaluate.
William James, the father of modern psychology said,
My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will.
You have chosen to do what you do, how you do it and who you do it with. You have chosen to react to technology, the economy, the naysayers and the non-believers exactly the way you have. Ignoring the non believers only works if there are some believers, somewhere who do or will support you. They don’t have to be the majority, they just have to be the right people.