Today’s quote:

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too can become great. ~ Mark Twain

Mark Twain, 1907
Mark Twain, 1907 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You won’t grow in an environment that never criticises you. You also won’t grow in an environment that criticises you for all the wrong reasons (especially if they are down to jealousy and small-mindedness).

You need to surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed, but who are also not scared to challenge you to make you grow. Making you believe you can be great has nothing to do with mindlessly complimenting you – it is about believing in you. This can mean pushing you hard on occasion, but it will also mean that you have full support when it matters.

Do you have a mentor who is willing to do this? Is your “tribe” really supportive, or just sycophantic?

© Petra Raspel 2013

About Petra Borzynski

Petra Borzynski is a voice coach and therapist with special expertise in helping (performing) artists and creatives to overcome limiting beliefs and emotional blocks to perform better and without fear. She has helped hundreds of people to prepare for or sustain a singing career, find personal fulfilment through music and overcome limiting beliefs & performance anxiety. Her articles on singing, creativity and performance psychology have been featured in several publications.

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