Dealing With Negativity From Those Close To You
Have you ever been working on a new business or idea and found nothing but doubt and naysayers when you turn to your family or friends?
It’s a sad deal to some extent, but when going into business on your own or exploring ideas that you’re excited about, it’s best to get as far away as possible from those close to you.
Yup, I said it.
Don’t waste your time trying to convince those closest to you of your ideas. Get away from them.
I think your friends and family are the worst people to sell to.
Because they know you on a very different level.
For example, when I left Chevron, the people closest to me were Chevron employees and my family. And neither of them bought into this “entrepreneurial thing” I was going to do.
They were always in my ear, “You’re going to give up a couple-hundred-thousand-dollar job for this?”
I was like, “Umm…yeah.”
So I just eliminated everybody.
Those closest to you are the last people who are going to buy from you because they’re in the same mess you’re currently in. So don’t even go there. I would go to completely new people.
And at this point in my life, I don’t have any negative people in my life. I have only cool people. If they’re not cool, they don’t hang out.
And it’s not arrogance – it’s just choosing who you want to be around.
If you live like that, the negative, low-energy people can’t even get close to you. Trust me, it’s key to get away from those people and find a new tribe.
Family comes first in a lot of aspects of life, but business isn’t one of them.
I want you to check out this video from Nancy Sampson, one of my most recent Big Table alumni. I’ll let Nancy tell you herself, but she faced tons of negativity from her “friends” and co-workers about coming to learn from me…but she made the best choice for her.
Stay positive & talk soon!