Read these notes people wrote to the bosses and co-workers who didn’t believe in them for some major

Looking back at a successful career, it’s easy to remember the peers and supervisors who inspired us to do great things. It’s more difficult, however, to recall the people who didn’t believe we could get the job done.

As part of our series of personal notes directed at those who doubted us along the way, we asked people to write a special message to the bosses and co-workers who were skeptical of them. While everyone’s industry might be different, these notes all indicate one universal truth: People who doubt us won’t get in the way of our success. In fact, overcoming doubt can help make us stronger in our jobs and careers.

If you had the chance, what would you say to the boss or co-worker who doubted you?

Here are the empowering notes.

The lesson from these notes remains clear: Doubt in the workplace doesn’t have to stop you from achieving your dreams.

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Originally published at on March 24, 2016.

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