People say the craziest things — especially to entrepreneurs.
Over the year’s I have learned that most people are concerned with trivial things that many successful entrepreneurs are not. Once you decide to launch a startup or even if you’ve been running a wildly successful business, inevitably you will come across well-meaning individuals with ill-conceived notions about entrepreneurship.
Trust me. It’s harmless. Dare I say, amusing.
But, I didn’t always perceive it that way. If you’re just getting started or facing challenges in business — it can appear to be an all-out assault.
It starts out innocently enough. Who wouldn’t want to share their business successes with close friends, strangers, family or loved ones? But more times than not, some are met with an unexpected, less than positive reaction. But don’t sulk. It’s to be expected.
Don’t take “comedic” commentary seriously. We’ve all heard it once or twice … the crazy things that people say to entrepreneurs.
1. That’s impossible.
Don’t take it personally. Most people’s assessment of others is based on their personal beliefs about their own capabilities — not yours.
2. I would start a small business, but I don’t have the “______________.”
Insert any common excuse here. There are 100+ excuses that prevent people from becoming great. Excusitis is a contagious disease that kills thousands of unsuspecting dreams per day. See a doctor immediately if you experience numbing of the ears or brain activity loss from exposure to: excusitis, broke fever, timewasterplasia, lazytosis, hardworkophobia, the playitsafe plague, or the “common” cold.
3. Do you ever give yourself a break?
Does your “boss” ever give you one? One of the most rewarding aspects of owning your own business is the personal freedom and time that you ultimately control. Never compare an unrewarding job to pursuing your passion and running a successful business. Apples and oranges, folks.
4. I knew this guy once, who started a business and he was struck by lightning, his car broke down and his girlfriend didn’t like it so the business failed.
I can’t seem to figure out why some stories are even relevant. Congratulations will suffice.
5. Yeah, I’ve been thinking about starting up “something” of my own here lately. Heck, I had this idea back in 1999.
The indication of “something” and the tremendous time lapse that follows should trigger a red flag. Don’t consult with someone who has been sitting on an idea since the beginning of time.