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By Greg Fullerton

Any success in my life can be traced back to one thing: I didn't let people impose their rules on me. I created and lived by my own.

I was often told growing up that I was stupid, a nobody, that I would never amount to anything.

At age 21 I was told that I could never start a seminar company because I didn't have a college degree and I wasn't a good public speaker.

When my youngest daughter, Carly, was born premature, the doctor told me she wouldn't live.

Every time someone barfed their negativity on me, my gut response was to think "Who made that rule?"

I co-founded Franklin Quest, the company that eventually became FranklinCovey — one of the most successful seminar companies on the planet.

My daughter Carly lived. She's vibrant and gorgeous.

I confounded the predictions of naysayers and became the person I always envisioned and trusted.

I didn't assimilate their negativity. I rejected their flawed rules.

Too few of us cultivate this ability. We accept the perspectives of others, either through fear or because we simply don't think about it; it becomes a default reaction.

Outside perspectives can become chains that enslave in the dungeon of mediocrity.

Here's the thing: People's negative perspectives aren't truth. They're simply products of their own experiences, choices, and habits.

If someone tells you that you can't succeed as a public speaker, it's highly likely they have the same fear about themselves.

If someone tells you that you can't succeed in network marketing, they probably failed at it themselves.

The power of self-talk is incontrovertible. Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.

Don't let others impose their negative outlook and rules on you. Break free from the chains of popular opinion.

Learn to take counsel from your innermost self, your self that knows you can succeed regardless of circumstance.

Guard vigilantly against negative self-talk. When you hear the voices inside telling you you're not good enough, realize that these are the voices of failure in society — not your own voice.

Make your own rules. Live them fiercely and consistently. Climb them to the top of the mountain of success and take them to the bank.

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