Let us take cricket as an example. I open the innings. And I want to improve. Whom do I listen to? My captain, my coach, my team mates, the commentators, the journos or the fans?
Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has at least two!
At the end, I need to face the bowler and each stroke is decided in tenth of a second, and executed. That decision is my own and comes from my sub-conscious, trained for days at the practice-nets. And when I am confident, it just flows!
As an entrepreneur, it’s a similar dilemma.
Tons of questions in my head. On my business, strategy, HR, etc. Whom do I talk to?
Whom do I listen to?
OK, if you are looking for succor and empathy. But biz advice?
Karthik Reddy from Blume Ventures mentioned this earlier at a SaasX round table meet: Paraphrasing: “If 8 out of 10 of your ‘friends’ are excited about your biz idea, you probably are in the wrong direction”.
This comment could be up for debate but definitely has merit!
A good choice but you need to map out the experience and life-cycle of the entrepreneur and his/her business. As Girish Mathrubootham from Freshdesk commented:
“Entrepreneurs will give different views/opinions as their experience and situations are almost always different”.
A case in point: If you are a B2C business and seek advice from a B2B entreprise-based entrepreneur, the approach strategies will be different – and may not be directly applicable.
A BTDT guy/gal:
“Been there Done that”, in a similar category or biz-space. This could be a good fit, as a mid to long-term mentor or a one coffee-date advisor. And I love this kind of dating 🙂
And in this quest, I’d rather talk to someone who says my idea is crap (and then justifies it with logic/data).
In our quest for “external appeasement”, we need to remember to listen to ourself.
* What is it that “I” want to do?
* Is there an “Aspiration to Activation” gap? How can I fill the gap?
* Who can help me fill the gap/learning?
* So, whom do I listen to?
I will ‘hear’ most of the above and ‘listen’ to the ones that understand the direction of my business idea/model.
Pravin Shekar is a startup specialist, parallel entrepreneur and motivator. www.pravinshekar.com provides additional info.