How to handle naysayers when starting a business?

How to handle naysayers when starting a business?


– So one of the hardest things when you are starting as an entrepreneur, when you’re trying to start
some type of anything, whether it’s a business or a
nonprofit or an organization, is you’re going to wanna share your idea and what you’re working
on with a lot of folks, and you’re going to get
different reactions. And it’s not unlikely that you’re going to get a lot of folks who
will tell you things like, “Well, this is already done before. “Why do you think you’re
going to be able to do it?” or “This has never been done before. “Why do you think you’re
going to be able to do it?” And it’s very hard to judge whether, okay, are they just being
naysayers and just being negative and I should just power through it, or should I listen seriously
to what they have to say? And like all things, take
this all with a grain of salt, it’s hard to know for sure,
but I like to think about whether people are coming
from a point of view of that they really want you to succeed. And if there are people in your life that you know at the end of
the day have got your back and really want you to succeed, I would listen to what they’re saying. Now, it doesn’t mean what they’re
saying is absolutely true. It’s completely possible
that they might have a different tolerance
for risk than you do, but it’s worth processing. It’s worth at least listening. And sometimes when people say, “Oh, well, this has been tried before. “Why do you think you
doing it is going to work?” Well, the answer to that is sometimes how you do it matters a lot
more than the idea itself. Khan Academy is an example of that. I wasn’t the first person to think that online could be a way
to disseminate information. I wasn’t the first person to think that software could personalize
education for folks. I wasn’t the first person
to make content on YouTube or to help teach people through video. But there was something about
how it all came together and also the time and space and how accessible it was
that things caught on. And that would’ve been
very hard to predict had I not at least tried. And the way that I protected myself from both the positive and negative, positive and negative feedback
(laughs) was I told myself, “You know what? “This is all good information. “I’m going to listen to
what people have to say, “but I’m also going to try it. “And I’m gonna try it in a
way that I can start to learn “what is actually working
and what’s not working.” And if you can work on
your day job, so to speak, while you start to
fiddle and you can start to build those data points
and points of confirmation that you might be on to something, well, then it makes you a
little bit more resilient to what folks might tell you. And you should keep listening, but you shouldn’t rest everything on necessarily what everyone tells you.

11 Comments on "How to handle naysayers when starting a business?"


  1. So that’s what you look like!! Ive watched so many of your math videos and I always wanted to know! Awesome 🙂

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  2. This man definitely reforms education for a better impact. Alongside the other great resources, I learn a lot that never been learnt in my high school and college. I am grateful for what he does. Newton and Leibniz are very smart persons with glory . I believe that if at that time they have internet to broadcast themselves, they could’ve ended up with demonstrating their wonderful ideas about fundamental theorem of calculus in a series videos.

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  3. Off topic: Becoming a Rubik's cuber has helped me in so many ways! It was difficult, but very worthwhile. I would teach it to young people. Very beneficial!

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  4. I got through my Undergrad via your videos, currently working and doing Masters at the same time 🙂 Thank you so much for what you do to enlighten people.

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  5. Having an actual plan that withstands critical scrutiny is the best way.
    Parroting motivational quotes from getrichquicknet is not a plan and is a pox on entrepreneurship.
    "Whats your business plan?"
    'I dont have one if i work hard I will succeed'
    "Not how that works"
    * 'Your just a hater' *

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  6. For the mentality aspect of business it would be great to see mock therapy conversations between someone with a "startup" mentality based only on hope working with an experienced business manager to recognize the inherent problems.

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