On Criticism

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TDLR – use people and their critics of your ideas and moves to rethink and retool your plans and products.

I was reading the 50th Law of the nth time a few weeks ago, mainly because I was dealing with some hate and I needed to a primer on how to deal with passive-aggressive behavior. Chapter 7, Know your environment from the inside out, has so many gems it’s ridiculous.

9 times out of 10, you will get some soft hate whenever you tell people about your business or business ideas. The “I’m-not-so-sure-about-that” kind that comes with a lot of “what-if” questions: what if clients don’t like the product? what if they can’t see how it helps them? what if the client doesn’t like blue? what if the client can’t read? what if the client is too old?

I used to dismiss these because of the underlying hate, and it is there don’t get it twisted – anyone who has shared an idea with someone is not about that life knows exactly what I’m referring to. And yet as opportunists, this is exactly the type of things we need to capitalize on.

Nobody likes to be criticized, because instinctively we make the criticism about us instead of our actions and choices in context.

However look at it dispassionately, these are all legitimate questions that an entrepreneur that spends too much time in his/her head will choose to assume instead of ask.

In this game, we can’t really afford blind spots – actually we can, everybody does it but we’d rather not, use people and their critics of your ideas and moves to rethink and retool your plans and products.

Let’s thrive off feedback, the pot of gold is probably at the end of those questions.

You don’t believe me, hear it from Elon Musk.

See you next week.

 

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