Have you ever told anyone a business idea that you had and they responded back to you in a negative fashion by telling you that you idea sucks and is alright stupid?
Well youâ€™re not alone, this happen to all of us, and if you keep listening to these negative type of people you will never get anywhere in your life.
The same sentiment goes for everyone, especially if youâ€™re living on a small island like our nature island â€“ where every Chuck and Larry is looking out for his best interest.
A few weeks ago I came across this magazine article on Frederick W. Smith. You probably donâ€™t know him, but you probably have heard of the Fortune 500 Company he founded back in 1971, Federal Express or FedEx. In a 1979 interview with New York Times, Smith said, “People thought we were bananas. We were too ignorant to know that we weren’t supposed to be able to do certain things“.
Now instead of asking people what they thought about his idea, he decided to take a gamble and follow his gut. By 1997 FedEx employed 120,000 employees worldwide; delivered an average of 2.5 million packages a day in 211 countries and territories through one of its 37,000 trucks; and had made Smith one of the four hundred wealthiest people in the world.
I know many of you are afraid to take the plunge by entering into a new venture, whether itâ€™s starting a new business or taking up a new job. But if you never take that plunge, you wonâ€™t ever succeed. Someone once said, â€œdonâ€™t ask your family or friends for advice because they see you as theyâ€™ve always known you, and not as who you want to be.â€ So instead of asking others what they think of your idea, go out there and just do it.
Anyone have any other suggestions?
I would recommend something a little different. I do believe you should listen to others, you just need to ask the right question. Instead of “What do you think about this idea” you can ask, “How do you think I can get this idea done?”. That way, the worst they can say is, “I don’t know” but they might be able to provide some useful methods that you did not think of.