People Who Hate Ideas: Improve Business
You Need to Find People Who Hate Your Idea to Improve Business
First of all, I’m sure that any of you can find any number of people from family, friends and people you know that will all give the same positive assessment of the business idea you present to them, very positive indeed as should be expected.
Keep in mind though that balance is of paramount importance. But of course your friends and family will love your idea. In addition to people who love your idea, presenting your idea to people who want to poke holes in the concept you believe in will serve to help you make it stronger.
Understand that you don’t want to be blind to any potential pitfalls, so you should want to talk to as many knowledgeable people as possible in related industries about whether they like your idea or not.
Find a Reasonable Person that People Listen to
Validating business ideas require help. This can be someone you consider superior in experience and knowledge, or simply someone you consider smart enough that you might possibly concede points to them.
It follows that if your adviser is wise and reasonable, situations where you might ordinarily defend a potentially bad idea you will have a difficult time doing so. But conversely if the advisor you select is neither wise nor reasonable, their attempt at giving you sound advice and important insights will fall far short of what you need from them.
And yet more Reasons
There are many stories of entrepreneur’s follies in dealing with people defending their bad ideas, or where they have spent valuable time in the argument for things they greatly-regretted later. Given the wondrous multitude of ways we as humans have been granted the ability to be both smart and dumb at the same time, especially when arguing the position of a new business with an unsubstantiated or proven idea.
Of course, there are many more reasons why smart people behave in very stupid ways when greatly-focused on a new business idea. To be fun and serious at the same time, and to illustrate how it is best to be emotionally-grounded when making the sometimes life-changing decisions of starting a business based on an untried idea, here’s a few more reasons to consider and think about.
- Smart people can follow stupid market leaders (happens all the time when searching for validation).
- Smart people may follow their emotions into stupid places.
- They may be trained or educated into stupidity (more common than you think).
- Smart people can inherit bad ideas from their parents under the guise of tradition (or that’s the way it’s always been done).
- They may simply want something to be true, that can never be (even the strongest can fall victim).