What does your worst enemy have in common with your drive to be your best, most successful self? Everything! Turns out, that person who pushes you the wrong way– your nemesis or rival or whatever villainous name you have given them– can actually be a driving force to help you reach a greater potential.

You can use the negative energy of the rivalry to harness the power of competition. You can find inspiration in their success, opportunity that pushes you to do better – to do the impossible. Traits you dislike in others may reveal information about yourself such as your strengths, weaknesses, and motivations. When someone is evoking such strong emotions in your heart, even negative ones, it is possible to use them as a means to improve yourself in terms of achievement, confidence, effectiveness, and happiness.

There is something beautiful about finding the positive in the negative, even if that negative is the single person you cannot bear to be around for more than 30 seconds at a time. We are always looking for ways to better ourselves, and growing from the nuisances in our lives is a great path to success.