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Can Disparagement Be Used as Motivation? Just Ask Jay-Z and John Gurdon

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Amazing, isn’t it? Just think: what if Sir John B. Gurdon would have taken his science teachers’ comments to heart? What if he would have believed every word and decided to give up the idea of being a Scientist?

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He would not have won The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012, nor would the world have the benefit of is groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Sir John b. Gurdon’s success is a direct result of his choice to take his experience with disparagement and use it as motivation to pursue his passions.

 

 

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Another great example of whether or not disparagement can be used as motivation is rap artist Jay-Z. In many interviews, he has shared how he was aware of his gift of poetry and songwriting at a very early age. Nonetheless, his teacher did not view him as having any potential for future success at writing—or anything else.

 

 

Take a look at a verse from his song: “So Ambitious”:

 

“I felt so inspired by what my teacher said,
Said I’d either be dead or be a reefer head,
Now sure if that’s how adults should speak to kids, Especially when the only thing I did was speak in class, I’ll teach his ***”

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Now, Jay-Z is one of the most successful rap artists in America, having sold over 50 million albums worldwide in addition to his ever-growing success as a businessman. If he would have allowed the remarks from his teacher to discourage him, he never would have known that such heights were even possible for him.

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Disparagement can be a really traumatic experience—especially when it comes to dreams and ideas. It can leave a person scarred for life, or…..

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When dealt with properly, it can lead to something different and far more positive, as Jay-Z and Sir John Gurdon have both proven with their lives.

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Most would say not to allow such remarks and negative attitudes to get under your skin, but I say that’s wrong. I say: let it get to you—just be sure that it’s in a way that sparks an inner fire of motivation for you. Let experiences with disparagement fuel your drive to see your ideas become reality.

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Don’t get me wrong: disparaging attitudes from others should never be the sole motivation for pursuit of something, or even the primary motivation. Whatever you desire to achieve in life, do it for you first. Do it because you have an unyielding passion to do it.

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But…

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Believe me when I tell you that there is absolutely nothing wrong with referencing those experiences with disparagement whenever you need a little extra push along the way of your journey. It can turn out to be the very thing that re-energizes you in moment when you want to give up.

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So……

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Can disparagement be used as motivation? Definitely.  When it is applied in the proper way, it can push you to your greatest successes.

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Have you ever dealt with disparagement? Did you use it as motivation to pursue your dreams and ideas? Share with me below or tell me about it at: melisasource@yahoo.com.

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

faithhealthandhome@yahoo.com

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Janeane Davis

I have had people try to discourage me in a variety of ways and areas of life. Those times made me appreciate my stubborn, persistence that enabled me to go on and get it done by encouraging myself. I put the naysayers out of my mind and decided to spend my life encouraging people to reach their dreams.

Makeba Giles
Reply to  Janeane Davis

Greetings Janeane! Yes I’d say that encouraging yourself is definitely an important factor–in fact, most times it can actually be your best friend! 🙂 ~Thank you so very much for sharing here with me! 🙂

Orsi

Although I’m not a big fan of rap music and Jay-Z, there are some valuable thoughts in his story. He might be an inspirational personality, it mustn’t be accidentally that so many teenagers love his words and music.

Makeba Giles
Reply to  Orsi

Greetings Orsi! Yes I agree that there are some valuable points in both of these gentlemen’s stories indeed. ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me! 🙂

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