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Why It's Okay to Live a Life That Others Don't Understand

06/10/2015 02:25 pm ET | Updated Jun 09, 2016

Whenever you try to make positive changes in your life, you'll experience resistance.

Sometimes, the resistance is internal.

(You vs. Yourself)

Waking up earlier to get a gym session in SUCKS. Much easier to press "snooze."

Politely declining that slice of pizza when your coworkers just happen to be throwing another impromptu party... agony.

Same thing with starting a business.

Sometimes you put so many obstacles in your own way that you forget why you wanted to start the damn thing to begin with.

That's all internal resistance to change -- and usually that type of resistance is actually a good sign. It means you're stretching yourself.

But along with internal resistance, you'll also face a lot of external resistance from people around you.

From parents that tell you to "be realistic"...

("I know you like dance... but are you sure you don't want to major in computer science? Starting salary is $80,000!")

To coworkers who tell you that you should just be happy for even having a job...

("OMG in THIS economy??!!")

To friends who mock you, discourage you, or don't even take the time to listen to you.

This is all EXTERNAL resistance -- and if you let these people affect your decisions, the results can be disastrous.

Here's the truth: People who criticize you, overlook you or belittle you for doing what you love don't actually understand your "why."

They don't understand why your passions, dreams and desires are so important to you.

And that's okay.

It's perfectly okay to live a life that others don't understand.

It's perfectly okay to choose a career that isn't "normal"...

It's perfectly okay to stay up all night working on something that you care about, even if it isn't even making you money right now.

It's perfectly okay to be the freak, the misfit, the outcast.

The only thing that ISN'T okay is giving up your unique personality or hiding your gifts because someone else shamed you into shrinking from your potential.

So today, go out and live life on your own terms.

In due time, all the people who mocked you will go from disparaging you to asking, "Hey... how'd ya do that?"

And all you'll be able to do is grin.

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I hope you enjoyed that!

If you're curious to know how I got started, and how you can begin your own journey to self- employment, you should enroll in my free mini-course on making more money. It'll take you step-by-step through the process of creating a new business using skills you already have.

Daniel DiPiazza is a martial artist, burrito fanatic and professional Netflixer who writes at Rich20Something.com -- where he shares practical tips to help you start a business you care about and live a happier life.