I guess it's now a competition, this millionaire quest of mine (read here). A friend of mine wrote me and his specific words were "I'm going to get there first". I said to him I didn't realize we were in competition with each other, and he said it wasn't a competition, it was a fact. Interesting.

When one states their goals, and takes a chance on sharing them with someone else, there are going to be supporters and detractors. Then there’s going to have competitors, people who say they're going to top you, or want to do it differently than you, or whatever.

Sometimes you know their motivation; sometimes you don’t. You have choices in how you're going to react to what people have to say. I tend to be one of those who doesn't like negativity. I don’t like people telling me what to do or how to do it unless I ask. I also don't back away from some challenges. For instance, the person who said that to me works a regular job; he's also retired military, which means he has a pension to give him some support. On one hand I'm ahead; on another I'm at a disadvantage.

How we’re going to live our lives depends on how we decide we’re going to react to statements from others. The one thing we can't allow is for others to stop us from our ultimate goals, mentally or physically. We could shut down and not try, or we could be stupid and try things we should know better about.

That’s what being a leader is about; evaluation and action. Sometimes, you’re only leading yourself, and if that’s the case, you have to hope you’re doing the right thing for yourself. So, in this case, I'm going to do it my way, evaluating things my way, and "not hope, do", as I paraphrase Yoda.

Now there's a guy to listen to. 🙂