Learning From Negativity: On The Road To Success

Negativity seems to be around everywhere we turn in today’s culture whether it’s media outlets, social media or just daily interactions with people. It seems negative energy cannot be avoided and many times is the catalyst for misery and depression. Often times we don’t look at the positive sides to negativity and what can we learn from it. So today I will share some of the lessons we can learn from negativity.

1. Negative People:

Often times people who are generally negative and have a deconstructive attitude towards life. Are usually miserable and aren’t happy with their own life. We have to realize that being negative takes a lot of energy and are better off limiting or completely ending relationships with negative people.

2. Learn to Embrace it:

Once we learn that we can never rid our lives of all negativity, but when it comes our way we are equipped to handle it. By not being afraid of it and learn that it can only effect us if we if we let it.

3. Life is Too Short::

When it comes to setting milestones and making achievements in life, only those with a positive mindset can succeed. Worrying about negative people, energy or news stories can bog us down and slow down our predestined journey to success.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to success in life, perhaps the most important thing is your outlook. The right amount of hard work and contemplation done on the state of your approach can simply create wonders, much beyond our imagination. A wise person once told me “Don’t only learn from your own mistakes in life but also learn from others”. It always benefits us to learn from others, see the common pitfalls they fall into, try to help them and eventually, learn from their mistakes and avoid making the same ones yourself.

Copyright ©2016 Jay Colby All Rights Reserved.


About Jay Colby

Some would categorize me as an entrepreneur, life coach, son, friend and all of the above. I’m just another person trying to find my way in this world. Until recently, I was unsure what my path in this life would consist of. Like many others I was between I know what I want to do but not sure if that’s what I’m supposed to do. I am currently finishing my degree in something that has nothing to do with becoming a writer or entrepreneur so automatically it qualifies me to become one right! Follow me as I go through this journey called life to impact and encourage one person at a time.
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77 Responses to Learning From Negativity: On The Road To Success

  1. shaunz says:

    Negativity breeds negativity, as does positivity, so i choose to be positive, best way, thanks for sharing, brilliant post!

    Liked by 7 people

  2. eddaz says:

    I have totally removed negativity from my thoughts, I am aiming high. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 6 people

  3. jac forsyth says:

    I love that you mention that we can also learn from the mistakes of others. That’s such a valuable thing to remember while wielding the flamethrower of blame.

    Liked by 8 people

  4. Jay I love your blog. I am a fan of the power of being positive. You get back what you give. I want to share this with my readers if you have no objections.

    Liked by 7 people

  5. effectivelybroken says:

    I think you’re onto something. Keep it up, man.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. exoticnita54 says:

    Very very.. good advice.. and great analysis of negativity..
    thanks for sharing your thoughts and your wisdom..
    Great blog

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  7. exoticnita54 says:

    That’s the only way to go


  8. spudbudette says:

    Nice refocus.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Jay another super post . Negativity is unavoidable – so totally agree we need to make ourselves resilient towards it, like water of a duck back. or at least try.

    Liked by 5 people

  10. Estella's Kitchen says:

    On point as always Jay!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Loved this post. Just proof read number sonething bothered me while reading that.


  12. Great post – and important topic. Negativity is such a trap – once you fall in it is so hard to get out. I think we have to consciously work very hard to stay aware of our thoughts and shift them to positive or we head down a negative spiral…or is it just me…:)

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    • Jay Colby says:

      You are right are thoughts are very powerful. I have always said “our thought become things”. So when we shift our thoughts to positive can improve our lives. Thanks for sharing & reading!

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    • prinxy says:

      Very true, Negativity is a trap.. So as it is a Disease and its very contagious.
      ***TO FLEE FROM NEGATIVE MINDSET, –Think Positively– and stay always around those who also think positively***
      Cuddles Jay

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  13. Brilliant blog – thank you! X

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  15. rothpoetry says:

    Every bump in the road is an opportunity to reevaluate our attitude and course!

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  16. hoodmantra says:

    Great Blog, Yes, negativity only attracts more negativity, it’s all about how you think speak, act and who you associate with.

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    • Jay Colby says:

      You’re excatly right negativity just breads more negativity. Thus it is imperative to watch who we associate with. Thanks for reading and sharing such insightful thoughts!


  17. I just loved what you quoted here..” learn from others’ mistakes too..

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  19. Negativity will always bring its negative nonsense and would not allow positivity come but one has to really push those thoughts away and catch on to good and happy thoughts. So beautifully written and an apt post.

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  20. Great post! Negativity is always around the corner waiting for you to give in. I believe that one of the best ways to avoid negative people and negative things is to not be afraid to be yourself. Don’t follow the average crowd & careless about what other people think of you.

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  21. gpj103 says:

    I can’t help but think of my mother-in-law when I read this. She is the most negative person I know…to the point where I almost dread her saying anything and also try not to give her any ammunition by feeding her subjects that might start her off. 😬

    On a different note, have you heard of “The Four Agreements”…this may now have grown to five but it is a book based on Toltec Wisdom which is a guide to being happy. Very good book.

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  22. Eri Hunt says:

    Exactly ! I totally agree thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 3 people

  23. TipsterPH says:

    This is very helpful! Thank Jay.

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Nand Kishor Lodhi says:

    Jay really negativity is like darkness which makes us blind even if we have eyes…

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  25. Truth spoken here. Thank you for your post.

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  26. Becca says:

    I personally don’t believe in pigeonholing people as “positive” or “negative”. We all engage in positive and negative behaviors. And some people perceived as negative may have a legitimate reason to express negative emotion, while some people just need to vent and be heard. I know that I’m not a psychology major, but I don’t believe that labelling or pigeonholing people is always healthy.

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  27. Joe says:

    Excellent post that I probably should have read a while ago! Negativity does take a lot of energy for sure, I’ve recently stopped journaling my negative thoughts and have been consciously trying to write in a manner to inspire positive thinking, the idea is that I might not be able to *force* myself to be positive but if I want to write positively to others I need to think positively hopefully with the side effect of training myself to do it naturally more often.


  28. Zola Bee says:

    Hey Jay great post as always. I’ve nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award by the way, check it out at https://thedaysmuse.com/2017/03/01/mystery-blogger-award/ Zola.

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  29. Christy B says:

    I like point #3 in particular. Take the high road 🙂

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  30. Cynthia Lynn says:

    Being an overly empathic person in this time of negativity can leave one emotionally overwhelmed. When feeling depleted call a time out and heal thyself; this too shall pass.

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  31. myyalia says:

    You have a great point Jay. I specifically love your final thoughts. I too, believe that your outlook on life can make or break you. Great post!


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  32. Vernon says:

    A wise person told me the same thing and it was Moms!
    We have to be very careful about how much time we spend around negative people.
    They can drain us of all our positive energy and we can find ourselves becoming more negative too.

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  33. jane tims says:

    Hi Jay. If you listen carefully, negative people do have something to say. If they think something Is wrong, perhaps there is a grain of truth there. As a writer I love negative comments because they either reaffirm my original approach or they suggest something I may not have thought of before. Jane

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  34. Love the final thoughts!

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  36. Great post. This is why I do not stay near negative people. My inner circle is surrounded by positive people.


  37. True words….we should learn from people’s mistakes too..Nice read


  38. 🍁 Windy Wolfman 🍁 says:

    Reblogged this on Windy Wolves and commented:
    Identifying negativity: What you produce and release as healthy Oxygen returns to you as Carbon Dioxide post-conversion -> You’re sure it hit a planet of negativity. (Released CO2 and got O2? Well, be lucky; and as a tip – quit living in others’ mercy who do you the favour of sending you oxygen for every molecule of CO2 you sent to them! Released CO2 and got back CO2? It perhaps hit a neutral venue. So you can’t blame the sender for sending you CO2..)

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