Is it bad that this is my motivation to succeed?

I have a confession to make. When I think about what really motivates me to get out of bed every morning, the notion that I’m making the world a better place is often what I think about. But there are days, tough and hard days where doubt starts to settle in and you think it’s just all too hard. Then you have to really dig deep to know what it is that fuels that fire in you.

I had a one of those days (maybe weeks) recently and surprisingly as I was reminded of someone who had doubted my work and ability to achieve my goals, did it click. I wanted to prove them wrong. It made me so angry, upset, frustrated and put me in a state of fury that I harnessed and transmuted that energy into motivation to get something done. And for days, I worked harder than before, solving problems that I thought weren’t possible. Coming up with creative ideas and taking initiative.

…all because this person that I had met, doubted I could do anything worthwhile with my idea for League of Extraordinary Women. I just really, really wanted to stick it to them.

So my question to you is, do you think it’s bad that this is my driving motivation to succeed? Does anyone else have a success story using the “Prove Them Wrong” idea as the motivating driver? Or do you think we should find more positive ways to create motivation to move forward? 

I would love to hear your comments, so please leave one, even if it’s a one liner.


Stay Peachy,


Sheryl Thai, CEO
League of Extraordinary Women

Sheryl Thai