Great Lessons Learned from Dream Stealers
Negative, Complacent and Pessimistic People
As entrepreneurs, we often face skepticism and criticism from those around us while pursuing our vision and building our businesses. I had many conversation with business owners who tell me stories of people who said it could never be done, that won’t work, that’s not the way it’s done, it’s stupid to think that way, you’re wasting your time and money, or I already tried that and it doesn’t work.
Ah! The naysayers of the world – they are everywhere.
In today’s world, I love it when someone says that will not work. I think to myself, why not? It gives me an opportunity to actuality see what has been done in the past and redirect my energies in developing or supporting a solution to what didn’t work in the “old way” of doing things.
After all, isn’t that innovation?
Benevolence to improve life from the way we know it, cultivates, lives, flourishes, and thrives within the hearts of entrepreneurs. We are open minded, always seeking a better understanding and reaching for new possibilities in all we see and do.
Recently, I spoke to a man that had an amazing way of improving on a daily activity that most every human engages in. He spent countless dedicated hours building his vision, analyzing and perfecting his idea so he could present it to the world. Limited by funds and influence, with prototype in hand, he reached out for Investors. One after another said he could never do that.
Modernization is an approach to all future possibilities with advancement in methodologies, techniques and technology. What worked yesterday doesn’t always work today. There are no rules, no one knows it all, nothing written in stone and as I always say “Who wrote the book on normal anyway?”
We live in a fast-paced, ever-changing world. There are more people, houses, transportation, medical issues and environmental issues and problems to deal with.
What if, we all approached life with a “what if” mindset? What if, you could improve, change, alter, inspire and be open to all possibilities? What “if” we could create more cost effective, simpler designs. What “if” we could take something that isn’t affordable and make it affordability available to all?
Many times throughout my life, I have been told, “You can’t do that!”
My response was really, “why?’. After carefully and actively listening to their reason, I interpret and pull out downfalls, criticism and negatives that I may have missed and move to improve on it.
And then I say “I can’t do that? -Watch me!”
When I hear “that can’t be done” it leads me to know that there are many people out there that believe the same way because of their analytical interpretations. Using this investigative questioning or analytical rational, uncovers patterns of consumer buying and understanding that helps me to engage this type of mindset in improving to best serve the consumer.
You have to believe. Beliefs come from passion, willingness to “scribble outside the lines” not compliancy. Is it hard, does it take time, effort, commitment, sacrifice and focus? You bet ya! It’s not for everyone.
There are all kinds of people in this world. Some will, some won’t, so what, move on.
I do have to give credit to the naysayers for one thing though…through their negativity and criticism, I have been able to examine roadblocks and improve on them before it blindsided me on the other end. So in a way, having a conversation with someone that does not have the mentality or passion to do what you do, shows you what it takes to have those types of personalities accept your innovation.
I’ve done a lot of things that people told me I can’t do and I know you have too!
Therefore, if you ever run into someone who tells you that you can’t do something, listen with an open mind, learn from the conversations, move on, and surround yourself with people who embrace potentials and help to drive your innovation to the next level.
Once you get going, always learn from negative, complacent and pessimistic people. They can be the key to your success or next great idea.
Believe, and Don’t Let ANYONE steal your Dreams!
Here is a recent example of what can be done when you put your mind and actions into doing it! http://abcnews.go.com/Health/maryland-boy-makes-history-1st-dual-hand-transplant/story?id=32747248