Dear Entrepreneur…


Stop looking for validation. Just keep going, someone you don’t know is rooting for you. Don’t worry about those who aren’t rooting for you.

As social creatures it is nearly impossible not to care, on some level, about what people think.

It is a core human desire to be accepted, acknowledged and loved.

But on the other hand, caring about what others think, especially about how you look, dress, talk, write, who you love, how you behave, decisions you make or what you do for a living, makes you a volunteer for a caged life of misery and mediocrity.

Lao Tzu said it best here:

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. – Lao Tzu

I think it’s AMAZING that you have the chutzpah to start a business at your age (at ANY age!), you should be totally encouraged.

There will always be people who don’t get it, but as a good friend of mine recently said:

“I respect that is their choice to think that way as much as I respect it is my choice not to.”

Don’t work hard to prove anyone wrong, don’t look for the day everyone gives you applause. People pleasing hides the real you.

On that day, the day that everyone notices your work, approves and lets you know, then what will happen?

We spend an incredible amount of time and psychic energy planning and working for that day, but why? It will never arrive, and even if it does, it’s not clear that anything special happens.

Perhaps the approval of every person in the entire world doesn’t need to be the goal of your work.

It seems to me that you should only care about the opinion of those that are actually open to buying your offerings.

Shun the non-believers.

Do your work, your best work, the work that matters to you. For some people, you can say, “hey, it’s not for you.” That is okay.

If you try to delight the undelightable, you have made yourself miserable for no reason.

It is sort of silly to make yourself miserable, but at least you ought to reserve it for times when you have a good reason.

Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice. 

Don’t trade your authenticity for approval.


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