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Being in college is one of the greatest experiences of your life. We learn so many new and different things that we never could have imagined in high school. It’s a new and unfamiliar world at first and then you go home and that world seems so unreal; so old like a memory in the back of our minds.

One of the things that you learn as a college student is that not everyone is as nice as they may seem. Sure, you’ll meet some fantastic people. But there are always going to be those people who doubt you and your abilities. You’re going to come into contact with some not-so-nice individuals who want to see you fail. What do you do?

First thing’s first:

Be yourself

4 Tips to Proving Those Doubters Wrong

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You’re you for a reason, people. You were born to be an imperfect individual. The best person you can be is yourself, all the time. Anyone who doubts you will always doubt you, whether you’re pretending to be something that you’re not or you’re being the purest form of yourself. Why is that important? Because being yourself allows you to be comfortable in your own skin. You can learn more and get the best experiences out of life this way.

Smile, always

4 Tips to Proving Those Doubters Wrong

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One thing that I’ve always believed in is smiling, even when you feel like nobody is looking. If there is someone out there who wants to see you fail and they see you smiling instead, they’ll start to realize that it’s not worth it to doubt you anymore. Plus, it’s kind of a kick in the face to them because you’re doing the last thing that they want to see. Also, it’s good for your health. And it should attract people to you.

Unless you smile in a really creepy way all the time… that won’t get you very far.

Have courage

4 Tips to Proving Those Doubters Wrong

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Even if someone is telling you that you can’t do something, show him or her that you can do it (unless it means you’re breaking laws or something). Have the courage to do the things that people say you can’t do. Failing is a part of life so fail in style. Fail big if you have to. If you keep doing the same things and you fail, you’ll learn what things not to do for the next time. Who knows, you might even be successful in a huge way.

Strive to learn

4 Tips to Proving Those Doubters Wrong

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The best thing you can do for yourself is to always be open to learning. It’s hard to be bad at something if you know every single thing there is to know about it. If you specialize in learning everything that you possibly can, you’re going to go far.

Those doubters will be starting to realize that they’re wasting their time doubting you. They’ll want to take it all back. They might even want to be friends with you later on. But if you want to learn all the time, you’re setting yourself up for success, all the time.

Do you have any tips to work past those doubters?