“If someone tells you ‘you can’t, it’s showing you their limits, not yours.”

Ah, the classic motivational phrase that’s been repeated time and time again – “If someone tells you ‘you can’t, it’s showing you their limits, not yours.” It’s a phrase that’s been plastered on motivational posters, inspirational Instagram posts, and on the walls of countless high school guidance counselor’s offices. But what does it really mean? And, more importantly, is it actually true?

Well, let’s start with the basics. When someone tells you “you can’t,” they are essentially saying that they believe you are incapable of achieving something. They are projecting their own beliefs and limitations onto you, and in doing so, they are revealing their own insecurities and fears. After all, why would someone else’s beliefs have any bearing on what you can or cannot accomplish?

But here’s the thing – while it’s true that someone else’s limitations should not dictate your own potential, it’s also important to recognize that sometimes people give us feedback for a reason. Just because someone tells you that you can’t do something doesn’t mean that they are automatically wrong. Maybe they see something in you that you don’t see yourself. Maybe they are trying to protect you from failure or disappointment. Or maybe they are just being a jerk.

The key, then, is to take any feedback you receive with a grain of salt. Don’t automatically assume that someone else’s doubts or limitations apply to you. Instead, use their feedback as an opportunity to reflect on your own goals and abilities. Ask yourself why you want to achieve what you want to achieve, and what steps you need to take to get there. And if someone else’s doubts are getting in your way, use that as motivation to prove them wrong.

At the end of the day, the phrase “if someone tells you ‘you can’t’, it’s showing you their limits, not yours” is a good reminder to not let other people’s beliefs or fears hold you back. But it’s important to remember that feedback can be valuable, and that sometimes the best way to prove someone wrong is to listen to their concerns and work to address them. So go ahead, chase your dreams, and don’t let anyone else’s doubts get in your way – but also remember to stay open to feedback and willing to learn and grow along the way.

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