As you prepare to start your own business you will inevitably meet people who doubt your business idea. They 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. They 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 little chance 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?
When the economy is tough, there will be far more doubters than motivators. It's essential to join online forums where other entrepreneurs are motivated and positive. Stay informed and breast of the news, but actively look for the opportunities and the stories of people getting it right. It's easy to see the negative headlines and give up. It's far harder, but infinitely more rewarding to focus your attention and energy on the good news stories.