“Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.”
Remember that phrase? Doesn’t that seem so long long long ago. I just entered Utah and am struck by a memory of going to see the play, Book of Mormon. Yes, it was a really funny to many, but it was super offensive to Mormons and about the Mormon religion. But i remember an interview where an interviewer asked a head of the Mormon church what they thought of Book of Mormon. He replied, and I’m paraphrasing, “well you never know what people will find entertaining, but If you truly want to find out about Mormons please contact the Mormon faith at blah, blah, blah.” In one sentence he took all of the power out of the play or possible injury to the religion. It was truly amazing. Like water off a duck’s back.
And I thought, think of all the other groups, if it’d been the Book of Blank or some other Blank. Think of how they would’ve reacted? Think of the protest, the riots, the power they would’ve given that play over their group, their response, their attitudes. It was truly an amazing response by the Mormon leadership. One we could all learn from.
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but let’s all stop letting words control and own us.
So what does this have to do with entrepreneurship.? Well I think it’s almost pretty obvious. When you come out with your concept, your idea, you’ve got a believe in yourself; you got a believe in your idea. People will say awful things about your concept; about you. They will tell you, you can’t succeed. They’ll tell you it’s an awful idea or you shouldn’t join a franchise or whatever. You have to have faith in the intelligence of your own research; courage of your convictions, and the faith in your own abilities to take the plunge forward and make it happen on your own. You are a hard-core entrepreneurs you can do anything!