Originally Posted by MetroStyles
Can you talk more about the thick skin part?
Essentially, this means shrugging off the devil's advocates of the world -- and there will be many -- with a simple "Eh; haters gonna hate" attitude. The attitude that listens to reasonable critique, considers it, and incorporates the best of it, but is not totally crushed by setbacks or by skepticism from others. I tried to start my own business once. Twice, actually. Both times, pretty much anyone I spoke with for advice, be it family or friends or colleagues or friends-of-friends, told me I was nuts to go for it. The old saying that "everyone's a critic" is never more true than when you're going balls-to-the-wall on a startup, and nobody's buying it. This will happen -- no matter how strong your concept, how good your funding, how sharp your intellect, how slick your hustle, and so forth. Everyone's gonna rag on you, because ragging on an idea is a lot easier than supporting it. And because 99.99% of the world is too risk-averse for the entrepreneurship game, and as such, they neither understand nor support it. Maintaining a thick skin is essential
. If you're too easily dismayed by the naysayers, then you'll never outlast your first few setbacks. You'll hit a few bumps on the road and say to yourself "You know what? The naysayers were right. I'm cutting my losses now, before it's too late." You may think you can handle the "nos" now, but just wait until you've received several dozen of them. Several hundred of them. They weigh on you eventually. The toughest part of entrepreneurship is figuring out when to listen, and when not to listen, to the naysayers. There's this weird, psychological game you have to play. You keep wondering whether the doubters have good points, or whether they're just not "getting" you and thus can be dismissed. You weigh their doubts against the long odds, which usually point in their favor. And you weigh those odds against the "But my business is different!" attitude that you have to have in order to keep going. It's a serious, serious mindfuck. Few people have the stomach for it. I myself did not, and to this day, I do not know whether I ever will -- even though the entrepreneurial spirit still burns brightly within me.