Anytime Someone Tells You That You Won’t Amount to Anything, What They’re Really Saying is That They’re Afraid That You Will.


There’s a reason why some people seem to go out of their way to bring you down, rain on your parade, trash your dreams.

Think about it. How many happy people who are satisfied with their own lives do you see sitting or standing around putting others down?

I thought so.

If you have a person or group of people in your life who are constantly bombarding you with insults, horrible names and telling you that you will never amount to anything, reach your goals, achieve your dreams, etc., it’s because they aren’t happy with their own lives.

They’re only putting you down to keep from feeling so miserable about themselves and look bigger to others. And although that’s true, there’s yet a much deeper reason:

Those people are deathly afraid that you will amount to something, that you’ll become successful- more successful than them.

Even worse? You’ll prove them all wrong and force them to peddle back and eat every word that came out of their mouths.

Let’s face it. Crow doesn’t sound like a delicious dish. No one likes to be shown up, but even worse, people hate it when the person they thought was less-than and would never be anyone reaches success.

Why? Because when the perceived underdog shows everyone up, he only exposes those who made themselves out to be the overdogs by highlighting the inferiority that they so desperately tried to hide.

Man scolding himself in a mirror

Anytime you become a winner despite the people who tried to keep you down; you remind those haters, bullies, and naysayers of everything they didn’t or couldn’t do and of everything, they never could and will never be.

It is as if you held a mirror up to them and showed them their nude reflections- reflections which included the ugly and downright disgusting parts of themselves they never wanted to see. Most don’t like to see themselves naked for all the cellulite, dimples and bumps of fat.

It’s the same with seeing their true personalities. Your success exposes the laziness and mediocrity they’ve been so comfy and content with living in, yet tried to conceal.

Jealous Girls

“Who do you think you are! I labeled you as a loser, and you didn’t live up to that! How dare you!”

That’s precisely what your bullies from high school or a past job will think when you reach your star! I promise you! Trust me when I say that bullies aren’t happy people, though they pretend to be. They’re only happy when they’re making someone else feel like manure.

At their core, bullies are miserable, bitter and afraid.

‘You see? Bullies have to make someone else a target so that they won’t become targets themselves. They put you down to hide or distract others from their shortcomings. They must find someone they perceive to be weaker than themselves to degrade in order to take the negative focus off them.

Your accolades only put the spotlight right back on them. It’s why they’ve tried to keep you down for so long. And it took a lot of work for them to do it, which brings me to another point; nobody likes the thought of wasted effort.

As long as you’re winning at life, bullies can’t touch you. When you succeed in life, you unwittingly put your bullies in the hot seat because you force them to look like the utter fools they are.

You force them to deal with a truth they don’t want to realize. And that truth is that all along, you’ve always had it in you to reach your goals and live a prosperous life.

So, no matter what people say, no matter how others treat you, never lose sight of your worth or your goals!

You are worth fighting for! You are worth living for!

0 thoughts on “Anytime Someone Tells You That You Won’t Amount to Anything, What They’re Really Saying is That They’re Afraid That You Will.

  1. murisopsis says:

    So very true. I had a boss undermined every effort I made – after first telling me that I needed to succeed. When I would struggle she would smugly point out that I was obviously not up to the task. When I did manage to complete projects she would take the credit and say that I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her. It was a living hell. However, I managed to gain success despite her critiques. In the end she was ousted and turned to me to “save her” and “be on her side”. I smiled and waved good-by and wished her all happiness. She couldn’t accept that I was deemed too valuable to be cut loose and she was viewed as dead wood!

    • cheriewhite says:

      I’m so happy for you and, wow! You were one of the lucky ones! Not very many people are that fortunate as most lose their jobs and have their entire careers destroyed.

      I love hearing success stories like your and I would give anything to have been there to see the look on her face when she groveled to you and you gave her a wave! Bahaha! I can only imagine!

      Love this!!!

  2. Rethinking Scripture says:

    I have had a family member tell that exact thing to me.
    It feels worse than any cut made by a knife!
    My mom would use reverse psychology with me by telling me I couldn’t do something. Being stubborn I would set out to prove her wrong. She got me to do the very thing that she wanted from the beginning…lol 🙂

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