In business, there are always people who try to tear you down.
There are always people, who either intentionally or unknowingly, who challenge your success. They say or do things that make you question your own success. They say or do things that may have you second-guess your path. They are downers who are not going to help you succeed.
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War
The key is to always be true to yourself and to follow the path. Sometimes that path will be smooth and an easy road. Other times, it will be bumpy and you might need to change out your tires.
Either way you have to believe in yourself and know yourself. Business is a full-contact sport full of people who want to tear your eyes out.
Even if they’re on your “team.”
Fight it. Smile and prove them wrong with great work and even better results. You don’t get rewarded for effort in business. You get rewarded for results.
Make sure those results are front and center.