“There are too many false things in the world, and I don’t want to be a part of them. If you say what you think, you’re called cocky or conceited. But if you have an objective in life, you shouldn’t be afraid to stand up and say it. In the second grade, they asked us what we wanted to be. I said I wanted to be a ball player and they laughed. In the eighth grade, they asked the same question, and I said a ball player and they laughed a little more. By the eleventh grade, no one was laughing.”

Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame Catcher. From The Edge – by Howard Ferguson

DR. G’S COMMENTS: If you have a dream in your heart, a secret desire that you wish to achieve, then listen to yourself and go after it! No one can tell you what you can or can’t do. No one really knows what’s in your heart. No one really knows what you’re capable of. Do not listen to the experts! Do not listen to the critics. What the “experts” and critics know are simply their own limitations, not yours! Don’t ever let anyone rain on your parade. If you believe that you can achieve something, trust yourself and follow your belief. The world is full of individuals like Johnny Bench who have gone out and done exactly that. They have done the impossible, and in the process of pursing and reaching their dreams, have silenced the critics. Have the courage to pursue that goal, regardless of how far away or what obstacles lie in your path. Surround yourself with people who support that dream and stay away from those who put you down. Any old idiot can criticize others. Criticism takes no strength of character. Only a true champion can risk it all and go for it!

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