You say that people don’t get you.  You say that people don’t understand the magnitude of the dreams on your heart.  Then stop trying to convince them.

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a good friend, and he reminded me of a very poignant Biblical truth:  Many are called.  Only few are chosen.  There are so many applications of this single verse, but in this particular case, it simply means that many are called to be world changers, but only few are chosen.

Excellence is hard.  It requires work.  It requires commitment.  It requires sacrifice.  For some, the cost is too expensive.  The mentality of our day is: Live for today.  Tomorrow will tell for itself.  The mentality of excellence is:  Plan for (not worry about) tomorrow.  Let today’s actions set the stage for tomorrow’s success.  This type of concerted effort requires intentionality.  It requires planning.

Instead of trying to convince others, we should spend the time trying to convince ourselves.  Our perpetual effort to convince others is often a cry for approval.  We try to seek confirmation of God’s ideas from man.  Sometimes, we have to learn to seek God and to encourage ourselves.  What if there was no one around to pat us on the back?  What if there was no one around to say, “Great idea?”  Do we stop striving?  Do we assassinate our dream?  Sometimes our desire to succeed has to supersede our need for approval.  We have to believe that, greater is he that is in us, than he that is in the world, (1John 4:4).  Below is an example of a handful of people who did not let others’ opinions deter them.

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he lacked imagination.  He built an industry full of creativity.

Bill Gates, Harvard dropout,  founded Microsoft.

Thomas Edison failed about 1000 times before he successfully created the light bulb.

Albert Einstein was thought to be mentally handicapped because he first spoke at around age 4.

When the Beatles were just starting out, a recording company rejected them stating that “we don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,”

These are just a few people who did not let other people’s opinions deter them.  If you are waiting on an endorsement from others before you pursue your dream, then you will always be mediocre.  Excellence require that you have the faith to trust God and go against the grain.