The Entrepeneur’s Handbook #472
November 25, 2007
What to do when something someone says causes you to doubt what you are doing.
You finish a webpage and ask a family member for feedback. They respond with a torrent of confusion and criticism. You spent hours on this and it made you feel awful that they are hanging onto easily fixed details. They don’t see the beauty of what you’ve done, and you start to doubt that beauty exists.
- Don’t panic.
- Remember that everyone around you is an idiot. No one gets your vision because you’re better than everyone else.
- Then after your ego has rubbed the wound for a bit, remember that your critic said that for a reason. Go and figure that reason out. Do some opportunity cost analysis to see if it’s worth fixing or if their criticism should be treated as anomalous.
- Then go and seek more criticism by being brave with the publicity of your ideas. Develop a large ego-callous until you don’t need steps 1 and 2.
Note: This is not actually from a real book. Although maybe if I can think up enough of these it might actually become one.