Trust Your Vision: Why You Don’t Need Approval from Anyone Else

Natalie Ruiz
4 min readMar 27
Morning walk and motivation,

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” — Oprah Winfrey

Have you ever felt discouraged or doubted yourself because the people around you didn’t believe in your vision or goals? It’s an all-too-common experience and one that can be difficult to navigate. But the truth is, your journey is yours alone, and you don’t need anyone else’s approval or understanding to pursue your dreams. After all, Oprah says, “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”

I’ve learned that most of the time, people will not be able to see your vision or understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. They won’t believe what you believe. They won’t think you can do it. They won’t trust that it is possible. This can be frustrating, but it’s important to remember that someone else’s lack of vision, belief, passion, or trust has nothing to do with you or your ability to achieve your goals.

Some people may be influenced by fear, insecurity, or their own pain; their doubts or negativity reflect their own struggles and actually have very little to do with you!

Countess times, I have been teased or worse for something I was into or up to.… Then, years later, the same people who tried to convince me that my passions, habits, and dreams weren’t worth pursuing were cheering for the hard-won progress or wins I was celebrating.

I don’t get upset or discouraged anymore when people can’t see where my path is leading or understand my WHY. Now, I understand that it is rare for people to REALLY appreciate someone else’s vision.

“This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been.” — Glennon Doyle

These days, the doubters and naysayers are all easy to intellectualize, but it hasn’t always been this way for me. When people who you care about and respect don’t seem to support your big dreams, it can trigger limiting beliefs and feelings of doubt — not to mention it can be hurtful.

Natalie Ruiz

Tech CEO. Mom. Non-Profit Board Member. Working to normalize belonging at work. Living in gratitude. Trying to leave people and places better than I find them.