As you prepare to start your own business you will inevitably meet people that doubt your business idea. These people may mean well but their comments can be a devastating blow to your self-esteem. You will meet:
- The Gunslingers(“Your idea will never work so don't even bother wasting your time”)
These people are completely pessimistic and will shoot down your ideas immediately. These people are very quick to bring others down because they don't have the guts to try things themselves. The best people to talk to are other entrepreneurs or highly motivated individuals.
- The Factoids (Do you know how small of a percentage you have of succeeding?)
They will always remind you of how slim the chances are of you succeeding. When dealing with these people always remember that these stats have nothing to do with you. Do these stats reference your name? No.
- The Mockers (So how is your “little” business doing)
After launching your business, you will find people who ask you about your business expecting to hear negative things about your business. They may not be making it obvious but these people secretly want to see you fail. You need to use this negative energy to fuel your enthusiasm to work harder. There are too many variables for anyone to accurately predict the success or failure probability of your small business.
Looking back on when you were still conceptualising your business idea, which negative feedback did you use to fuel your enthusiasm to work harder?