Welcome to Inspire Africa Project! Almost everybody wishes to be on the frontline, but you must understand that every star is a target of daily criticism. When you read what people are saying about public figures and celebrities, you will be wondering whether they committed any crime by being popular.
I still remember how people insulted the last administration on the social media, yet the president never reacted. Few months after election, some of those who were insulting that administration are finding it difficult to endure the same insult, that’s why they are talking about regulating the social media.
Many people admire great achievers. Organizations give them honors; historians write books about them; sculptors chisel their images on the face of mountains. However while many people celebrate them, others want to knock them down.
C. V. White describes it this way: “The man who makes a success of an important venture never waits for the crowd. He strikes out for himself. It takes nerve, it takes a lot of grit; but the man that succeeds has both. Anyone can fail. The public admires the man who has enough courage in himself to take chance. These chances are the main things after all. The man who tries to succeed must expect to be criticized. Success is the accomplishment of that which people think can’t be done.”
If you want to become a pioneer in any field, you must be ready to face mockers. If you want to become a star in your profession you must learn how to deafen your ears and thicken your skin! Mrs. Corretta King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. was asked what it was like being with Dr. King during the civil rights movement. She said, “Her husband was often misunderstood, and equally pointed out how much courage it took to stand alone.”
The reason why the floor is crowded and the top almost empty is because many people cannot stand public scrutiny and criticism that greatness attracts. Some people will hate you not because you’re bad, but because they are jealous of your achievement.
Sometimes they will just look at you and conclude that you are too proud and arrogant without coming close to you. Some will look at you and imagine what you’re thinking about and will go straight to the social media and start spreading rumors. Sometimes I pity celebrities and public figures because they are always under intense criticism. There are two sets of mockers.
1. Those Who Are Jealous Of Your Achievements. They can’t imagine why you should be the one that is succeeding. Your success gives them heart attack and that is why they can do whatever it takes to bring you down. Some women who were born in poor families but married wealthy men suffer a lot in this category. Her mother-in-law believe she came to squander her son’s money. Her husbands’ siblings will always look for a way to get rid of her because they believe she’s a gold-digger.
The most painful set of people are her childhood friends who knew when she was hawking banana or oranges on the traffic, they can’t stand seeing her drive expensive SUVs around town. The next thing they will do is to repackage some old stories about her and start gossiping about town.
Jealousy can lead to murder. In fact the first death that was recorded in the Bible was sponsored by jealousy! Cain killed Abel because God accepted his offering and not his. If you go to events like wedding, you will see some people who will be sitting together like the association of strugglers.
The major agenda on their meeting is to tear every wealthy person who comes to the wedding down. You will hear things like, “Look at this boy of yesterday, I knew when he was born, and he cannot even greet me again because he is rich.” Another member of the association will add, “Don’t mind these boys who joined cult to make money, their cup is gradually getting filled.”
They don’t believe that somebody can become wealth without engaging in one evil or the other. I believe they watching too much of Nigerian movies that portrays wealthy people as either occultic or diabolical. My advice is, don’t ever turn around to answer those who are jealous of your uncommon accomplishments. Reply them with more pacesetting results!
Bette Milder opined, “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.” Sean Convey stated it this way, “Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?” Shannon L. Alder succinctly said, “Sometimes your light shines so bright that it blinds people from seeing who you real are.”
Don’t ever allow the association of mockers to stop you from becoming whom God created you to be. You are too engraced to be disgraced by mockers! Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities. To be continued. What did you learn from today’s discussion? Share with us at the comment section. Connect with us on Facebook: Inspire Africa Project. Twitter @InspireAfricaP.
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