Why cynicism sucks


“The light at the end of the tunnel is a train.”

Sarcasm and cynicism are used to mask fear all of the time. Voiced under the guise of humor, cynics throw their verbal rocks from the periphery and never actually put any skin into the game. It’s easy to be a cynic.

As entrepreneurs, you can count on other people to question your sanity as you pursue your dreams and goals. Sometimes, others are well-intentioned and offer their advice from a point of care and concern for you. But there’s a different quality to the cynic and in order to reach your goals, you must learn to screen their voices.

“All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” ~ Conan O’Brien

Just as no one has ever erected a statue to a critic, cynics do not create things of beauty.

They don’t build; they erode.
They don’t encourage; they belittle.
They will whittle your soul.

That’s not to say that your path toward your dream is going to be moonbeams and unicorns. Far from it. I know personally what it feels to go through the crucible of “WTF was I thinking?” I’ve made sacrifices, as has anyone who has come out on the other side of fear.

And that’s what cynicism is. It’s the external manifestation of a fear-based and scarcity mindset. Don’t you dare let your future be influenced unduly by the projected fears of another.

The challenges you face are like labor pains. The tensile strength of your soul is stronger than you think, and the fruits of your efforts will be worth it. The light at the end of the tunnel is your highest self, reflecting toward you as a lodestar.

Follow it.


Molly Cantrell-Kraig is a woman with drive. Possessing an innate sense of purpose and a pragmatic, solution-based approach to empowering people, she fused these two traits in order to establish Women With Drive Foundation. Based upon its founder’s personal history, Women With Drive Foundation is a means through which Cantrell-Kraig may effect change on both a micro and macro level. By providing women with something as essential as personal transportation in order to transition them from poverty to prosperity, she, through Women With Drive Foundation, seeks to empower women to help them help themselves. Through this action, the individual applicant benefits, as does society as a whole. Follow Molly on twitter as @mckra1g or @WWDr1ve (Women With Drive Foundation) or “Like” them on facebook.


  1. says

    If cynicism becomes a thinking pattern (and not just a singular joke) it is indeed very harmful for the cynics and their environment.

    I don’t know about you but I built a strategy against this. When ever I set a new goal I only reveal it when I am there or close to it. And on the way to my goal I only talk to people I know they support me in general or with a certain point I need help to get there.

    P.S. I will follow you on Twitter right away :-) @brigittekobi

    • molly says

      When I first started WWDF, I surrounded myself with people to whom I refer as “My Crazy Margaret Mead Inner Sanctum People.” These were they who would listen to me freak out and offer constructive advice and encouragement. Without them, our organization would not be where it is today. Good stuff, Brigitte. Thanks for taking the time to comment! :)

  2. says

    Diane Court: Nobody thinks it will work, do they?
    Lloyd Dobler: No. You just described every great success story.

    Cynicism is for people without ideas. People who have been defeated. I want to have use for everyone I encounter. But as hard as I try, sometimes I just can’t. Cynics would fall into this group. HUGS!

    • molly says

      Scott, you could “say anything” and I would agree with you. 😉 Wonderful observations and comment. Thanks so much for Being.

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