I received very direct, “that idea can’t work” advice from a fellow founder today. I felt like this pic.
But the truth is, after I slept on it, he was 100% right.
It’s better to get some hard truth now and then, and stay on course, than to only have the sugar-coated niceness.
I would much rather know right away that an idea is off. Wouldn’t you?
This particular idea was a bit of a pipe dream, but nonetheless it felt visionary and cool. And he’s an expert in the space.
I could be bull-headed and press forward anyway. He could be wrong.
But I don’t think he is wrong. What he said made sense, and that is exactly what I needed. Sound counsel.
It’s still so hard to concede to good advice. By doing it, though, now I can repurpose that mental energy toward the next idea.
Do you have colleagues you trust to tell you things like they really are? And, are you listening…?
Photo: mine. THat’s my 8-yo snowshoeing.