Underestimated Achievers

Posted August 18, 2012
By Clay Cerny

If you feel down about your career or if you know someone who feels that way, take heart from some people who were counted out and still made a name for themselves.

I’m reading the Thom Hartmann Reader, a collection of the radio talk show host writings.  Hartmann notes that Thomas Edison had difficulty in school as a child.  His teachers thought he couldn’t learn.  Edison’s mother taught him at home, and his achievements speak for themselves.

Whatever you think of him (and I’m not a fan), George W. Bush has to be given credit for his accomplishments.  He won two elections and made decisions that will affect this country for years to come.  Many on the left call him an idiot.  His record would make him a very successful idiot.

To give one final example, consider Michael Jordan.  The greatest basketball player of all time was cut from his junior high team.  Jordan didn’t quit, and he made those who doubted him eat their words.

It’s easy to get caught up in negative thinking or focus on an insult by a supervisor or co-worker.  It’s also deadly to finding a new job or moving forward in a career.  The doubters will always be out there.  Your job is to prove that they are wrong.