1) You're sharing a new idea with a few fellow business owners or colleagues and before you've finished, they are all jumping in their seats, eager to tell you how what you've described won't work? "No one's going to be interested in that." They believe they're doing you a favor, helping you avoid mistakes. They will burst your bubble.
2) You're describing the same new idea to a few business owners or colleagues and they nod in agreement as you're talking and when you're finished they say "That is powerful. I know some people who you might want to offer it to." They're helping you succeed.
Same conversation, completely different outcomes. Too often we end up in the first situation and leave discouraged about our new idea. I have spent too much time trying to convince the skeptics, to no avail. It's not because my ideas are not excellent revenue-generators for both my company and the buyers. It's becasue those listeners can't imagine doing it themselves and they project that onto me.
When I speak with others who are themselves inventive and original, I get strong enthusiasm and the energy to take these ideas to my clients and prospects and to the people they suggest I approach." If they give any advice, it's how to make my idea even stronger. Never do they tell me to stop.
As a boutique business owner, it's been natural for me to have a circle of friends who are also owners. But not all business owners and entrepreneurs are the same. While I will continue to be friends with these good people, I have to be more discerning about whom I share my inventive and original ideas with. The naysayers drag me down; the supporters lift me up and energize me.
Who do you talk to when you're thinking about growth and opportunity? You'll be far more successful when you get comments and input from other positive, inventive people.
After my conversation with the people who supported my idea and recommended some people to talk to, I met with a couple of likely prospects who signed agreements with me for new projects. That's success!
Do you talk to people who really want you to succeed? I believe there are unlimited opportunites for gorwth in 2015 and you will enjoy your share when you get support from people who really do want you to succeed.