I stumbled upon Seth Godin’s blog and he posted something about proving skeptics wrong.
For basketball fans, one might be accustomed to superstars having the mentality to prove doubters wrong – people are motivated by those who disbelieve and bash them.
As you read Seth’s blog, you will notice that he used to keep track of the skeptics, the doubters. But then he stopped, perhaps having this insight:
Why focus on proving skeptics wrong when there are true believers worth spending a greater time on?
Seth continues to state that these believers would even be the evangelizers that will spread your word and thus, it is more productive to focus on them.
I know for a fact that proving others wrong, especially the pesky doubters or even the cheapest of haters is such a very powerful motivator. I have sometimes used it in sports when playing basketball (just as how MJ and Kobe used them), and sometimes it leads to one having that sudden burst of energy. In the vernacular, I think it’s translated as “gigil”.
But come to think of it.
What then, after we prove doubters and haters wrong?
What then if one gets vindication, redemption, or even revenge?
As Seth advocates in his blog post, is it not more appropriate to prove the fans and true believers right? For those who kept the faith?
Instead of playing the ruthless god who punishes non-believers by sending them to hell, let us emulate the Christian God who focuses on rewarding the faithful and bringing the believers to heaven.
Somehow, things are more worth the time, energy, and passion.
Sure, proving doubters wrong is satisfying. But nothing compares to the euphoria of proving one’s believers right and exulting one’s success with his loved ones.