There’s one thing all entrepreneurs have experienced at some point: the negative reception from 99% of people we interact[ed] with pre-company launch. The naysayers. Those who had nothing positive to add to our leap of faith (either out loud or through non-verbal comms).
Pat, we were playing Halo like seven years ago and you told me I was an idiot for Warwear. On second thought…
We learn pretty quick that we need to surround ourselves with other entrepreneurs, other believers, others who simply ‘get it’. Otherwise, the thoughts and opinions of the naysayers will consume the precious resources we so desperately need – optimism, belief, confidence, passion. Because eventually motivation will escape us. If allowed, doubt will overtake confidence and our house-on-the-beach vision turns into a park bench with a side of newspaper.
I’ve spent the past six-or-so months putting the pieces back together after this failure – trying to make sense of it all by extracting the lessons and burning the remains. I’ve gained and lost 50lbs (190 to 215 to 200 to 210). And what’s kept this ship afloat is a culmination of things: exercise, diet, writing things like this, reading (shout out to Outwitting the Devil), running a half marathon, 40 Crest Whitestrips and – most importantly – ridding my life of as much negativity as possible.
And that was probably you.
No offense. I still follow some – but mostly entrepreneurs and other like-minded folks.
Unfollowing you kept me out of your drama; it allowed me to think freely and creatively about problems instead of your Friday night drunk view on gun control. It rid my life of all the “Mondays Suck” posts – surprisingly making Mondays one of the most prized days. It’s like training yourself to love the yellow Starbursts as a kid; you’re always spoiled the day after Halloween.
Unfollowing you allowed me to focus on the future as I prepare for a [scheduled] eight-month deployment.
Focus on relationships.
Focus on the Navy.
Focus on entrepreneurship.
I love yellow Starbursts. And you’ll be surprised what happens when you cut out the negativity.