Build People Up, Don't Break Them Down

By: Ryan Roberts, Guest Blogger

I have a dream of starting my own business—I always have. Recently though, I’ve actually started to put my plans into action. I still have a day job in the meantime of course, but I am constantly thinking of business plans.

A few days ago I was approached by somebody in a powerful position at a company who had the audacity to tell me that I had no ambitions because I rejected his offer to move into an open sales position because I am currently “just a graphic designer.”

I had to remind myself that as long as I know who I am and what will make me happy, it doesn’t matter how others see me. But for a moment, I felt extremely discouraged. And in that moment I realized how just a few words can truly impact a person. I explained to him that perfecting my graphic design skills was extremely important to me because it will benefit me down the road during my business endeavors, but he proceeded to tell me that I was lacking any sort of ambition.


Tearing people down and telling them that they aren’t capable is not the best way to recruit employees, especially when you haven’t bothered to get to know anything about them. People want to feel as though someone believes in them, people need to be encouraged.

The trick is that you can’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big or that you aren’t worthy of achieving them. So I am telling you that you are brave and smart and capable of accomplishing all of your dreams. 

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About Ryan

530440_2016265822352_1201232688_n.jpgRyan has completed her Marketing BBA and Political Science AA and currently works as a graphic designer. Her passion tends to consume her, she writes too much, and she loves hip hop.








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