Take it with a pinch of salt

I was quite ill for past 4-5 months since June/July, it was a flu that didn’t go away and just as I was about to get better, it came back again. Recently, I got better after my trip and started to meet people again, catch up with old acquaintances, meet new friends etc.

Often the topic about business, entrepreneur, innovation, products come up and most of the time I find that people seem afraid to pursue an idea even though they have a good product or they have a sense of what a business entails. They would pass comments or give advice that I find are usually 1. generic 2. doubts.

I appreciate inputs and advice, but at the end of the day i realized that many people like to say and tell others many things that they do not know of, and would not even do themselves. Most of the time, they do not and have not owned a business before. I want to tell people who is starting and have started a business to take a pinch of salt at what others say. Because at the end of the day, no one knows your business better then yourself and no one can see entirely the big picture and vision that you have.

When starting out, people tend to dish out free advice even when you did not ask. We may get confused and distracted by too many opinions on how we should run our business, what we should do and.. the list goes on. Most of the time, these people do not have their own business and even if they have a business background in education, it is vastly different from a hands on experience.

The other type of people are those who would question what you do and have a million questions for you that is geared towards doubts. These people have some knowledge of business and most of the questions are sound. But instead of coming from the place of positivity, it mostly comes from a place of negativity where we need to convince them that it is not as “bad” as they think it is, and the considerations have been taken into account with good plans. Perhaps it is the most natural reaction that people tend to come from a place of doubt and that it doesn’t work, rather then how I can help you to improve and refine your idea.

I encourage you to try this, if you meet a friend who runs a business, give positive and encouragement, give ideas to improve on areas they ask instead of questioning them with doubt. If they don’t, refrain from giving too many opinions.

For business owners, take everything which everyone say with a pinch of salt. At the end of the day, you know your stuff the best.

There’s also the third type of people, when you tell them an idea or something you want to do, they say oh the industry is not that good, the thing you want to do is not that great. I don’t get why people need to discourage and look down on other people’s goals and dreams, perhaps they don’t think it is attainable for them so they would rather be negative about it. Just because it isn’t their own goal and dream, they think it isn’t good. I classify these people as being too inwards looking to think that only what they pursue is considered as good, sort of self-conceited. If something isn’t my goal or ambition, I would encourage others to go for what they like, tell them what you are interested in sounds wonderful and you should pursue it.

Good thing I am wiser and more experienced now to not mind so much what other people say. At the end of the day it is what I think I can do, what I think I can achieve and what I think is possible.

And not anybody else.

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