Family and friends can be the best and worst thing that will ever happen to you. They can love you and pick you up when you’re down, but they can also stop you from making important decisions that could be beneficial in the long run We all have that one family member or friend who we try and avoid because we know that they always have some negative, sly comment when it comes to your personal or professional life Instead of building you up, these individuals may tear you down in ways you never imagined This means you are doing something right. When other people begin seeing you making moves and becoming successful, they become jealous Over time you will begin seeing the difference between constructive criticism and outright negativity The number one thing to remember is that you can’t take any of it personally That same person telling you that you won’t be successful, is also the person who never had a chance to live out their dreams This person is fighting his or her own internal battle that may have nothing to do with you at all Try talking things out with these individuals and let them know what you have planned, and that you won’t settle for anything less than the best for yourself When all is said and done, agree to disagree with the unsupportive people in your life Don’t let these individuals stop you from pursuing your goals You must be confident in whatever you are doing because negativity preys on your vulnerabilities People can sense if you aren’t confident in what you are doing. How can you expect others to believe in your dream if you don’t even believe in it yourself? Associate yourself with like-minded individuals who will support you in making your dreams a reality Everyone doesn’t want to see you doing well, or getting ahead in life Not everyone is going to be happy for you — it’s a sad a reality At the end of the day, if you know that you are genuinely happy and doing what you love, then it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks Janae Grier.