I post both motivation and demotivation quotes on Facebook regularly. The demotivation ones people pretty much just stare at, laugh a bit, like, and leave.
And I also post some motivational quotes. Some are pretty obviously motivational and others not so obvious.
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
— Johann von Goethe
Ironically, soon after that I posted this one..
“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.” — Albert Einstein
..which got some good responses. It seems that some motivational quotes get a lot of negative action more so than others.
Someone commented that if we ignore what we think should be, nothing great would ever be built or created. I mentioned that the quote was related to science more than art. Even in “ART” that involves actual creation or building, in the physical universe in which we live, you have to work around what is, as opposed to what you think should be. Imagine a 50 story building balanced on two toothpicks because someone thought that was what should be.
I think motivation and demotivation are two sides to the same coin. Demotivation allows us to blow off stress from the friction of daily life and frustrations. Motivation shows us an alternative thinking pattern that might point us in the right direction to make better friction free lives for ourselves.
The naysayers probably have too much unwanted friction in their lives and have decided to ignore it and let it build by watching WWE and eating Doritos with beer. Then they take it out on the people who want to improve their lives.
In the words of Brian Tracy, motivational speaker and trainer:
“A goal with no energy behind it is a wish.”