Weekend Read: Why Nobody Likes Your Idea (At First)

If you say or do something that causes people to question or criticize you, it’s a good bet you are doing something…right.

Seth Godin is a smart guy. In this article, he talks about dealing with rejection, chatter and naysayers. His new book “The Icarus Deception” is a must-read.

You can expect practically no one to think your reinvention plan is a good one. Virtually no one will want to get on board as you design your startup. People like a sure thing. They will happily get on the bandwagon when you make it. When your company gets its first round of funding you will find you have a whole new set of friends – friends who want a job.

List of what to say to naysayers

People show up at the goal line, but they are normally not around to witness your ascent.  This is human nature. The naysayers are not evil. They simply don’t know what you do. Your gut is right. The plan is solid. There will be many bumps and bruises along the way, but you have a vision.

Stay the course. Don’t let yourself be talked out of what you know is right. Hang in there.



Picture of John ScottJohn Scott is an instructor, online learning coordinator, and the career services manager for the School of Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University San Francisco.  His book “Destination:Reinvention” is on sale now in the Amazon bookstore. 

Grab a daily reinvention tip at destinationreinvention.com.  


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