tip tuesday-01

My Thank You Letter to the Naysayers

I have always been clear on why I pursued a career in higher education. My love for higher education was sparked during my student leader days and that love has never wavered. Of course, I never dreamed that I would be in the position I am in today, but I think I secretly always hoped I would be.

The naysayers have always been a constant and their voices have grown louder over the years, but that’s okay because they play an important role in my career and personal development. They keep my ego in line and force me to do a check and balance of my priorities. If I’m student-focused, am I making the best decisions? Do I make tough decisions even when it’s uncomfortable? Do I follow through? Do I walk my walk and talk my talk?

Naysayers are notorious for creating doubt, fear, and uncertainty, but I like to let my work speak for itself. And, at the end of the day, I really must thank all of the naysayers in my life who said I couldn’t do something.

Thank you, naysayers, for driving me and helping me to create better and better versions of myself. Thank you for allowing me to see my true potential and recognizing my passion to help others. I owe you much.

But remember this…

No matter what you say, no matter what you do, no matter how hard you throw those mental punches… you can’t break me.

So keep the chatter going and keep doubting me. But remember I’m clear on my purpose and duty as a higher education professional.

When you get, give. When you learn, teach. Maya Angelou