Morning Cup of Joe – What You Answer To

It baffles me how upset some people get when another person, in some cases complete strangers, refer to them in a name outside of their given names. It is inexplicable how some people allow others to control their emotions. While some people may not get upset if they are called a name, I certainly understand why someone would react this way. Early on in my quest for peace and understanding, I allowed others to control my emotions by reacting hastily. After plenty of practice, I now maintain complete control over my emotions. I repeat, plenty of practice.

What others call us will only hurt us if we accept the name as our own. People will speak ill into the atmosphere attempting to pierce your core by referring to you in a manner unbecoming of a cordial person. W.C. Fields said it best, “It ain’t what they call you; it’s what you answer to.” It is critically important that you understand implicitly what Mr. Fields is trying to say here. Do not debase yourself to the names people call you; you are under no obligation to accept them. By virtue of the fact that you are on your way to the top, people will talk about you, lie on you, and certainly call you names; you do not have to answer to any of them. Since they are going to call you names anyway, be sure that one of the names they call you is “successful”.

Understand that you will face obstacles like these along the way; the challenge is how you will choose to respond to them. Your response should be one that does not compromise the incredible person you are. Each time think about your response before you respond. Walk in the understanding that you were born to win and winning isn’t easy but it can become a habit if you practice it daily. The next time someone is foolish enough to call you something you’re clearly not, remember you are not what they call you if you don’t answer to it.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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