Whether it involves our personal or business lives, we have to consider the source when we decide who to listen to.
Specifically, when you evaluate the advice another person gives you, consider the following elements:
When you run a business, everyone from the guy who runs the corner deli to the trash collector will have advice for you.
- “I had a nurse friend in Poughkeepsie . . .”
- “Stay away from those plaintiff attorneys . . .”
- “My nephew is studying business in college . . .”
You may notice that none of these would-be advisers cite personal experience in the business world. However, if a nurse who started a successful LNC business offers to share what she learned, listen.
They Practice What They Preach
Some people talk very convincingly, but they haven’t put any of their ideas into practice. Ever met an adult who has not had kids, yet knows all about raising a child?
Are They On Your Side?
When you go into business, you find out who your friends really are, and who you should listen to.
While you’re sharing the employee life, they like you because you have the same problems that they do. When you step out of that life, they don’t like you as much. They may not admit it to themselves, but you’re showing them that choices exist in life.
They may say, “Are you sure that’s such a good idea? Isn’t it an awfully risky time to be starting a business? Isn’t there a lot of competition? I worry about you.”
They act as if they care about you, and they do, but their agenda has other elements. You’re taking risks, and that may make them feel like cowards. No one wants to feel that way. Even though they may not realize it, they’re secretly hoping that you fail. This will validate their safe and steady ways of making a living. These naysayers could be threatened by your entrepreneurial ambitions.
Thank them for their concern, and make your own decisions.
Listen to Successful People
The advice of others may help you with practical decisions and choices. You can listen to it and apply that which is most useful.
Get that practical advice. Seek out helpful and experienced mentors. Make a commitment to invest in your business by working with an experienced LNC business coach such as me. Read books and attend seminars.
Ultimately, though, you have to filter through all the information you learn and listen most carefully to one person: you. You’re the one who will have to live with whatever decisions you make. Your business and your life are your responsibilities.
That’s what makes you an entrepreneur.
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Pat Iyer is president of The Pat Iyer Group, which develops resources to assist LNCs obtain more clients, make more money and achieve their business goals and dreams.
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