You’d think that entrepreneurs might have learned from Columbus. Most of us haven’t.
When trying to convince people the earth is round, you’re facing two groups of sceptics. First there’s the bunch of total non-believers who will sneer at you with the words: “Go on, make a fool of yourself. Oh, and take a parachute with you. You’ll need it when you fall of the edge”. Forget this bunch…they’re just an itch on the skin!
Then there’s the much tinier rag-tag bunch of wannabees. It’s not that you’ve convinced them, but the faintest possibility of life on Mars is so exciting that you’ve made them dream – at least for a while. They’re explorers, up for the adventure. They can sail, cook, clean the decks and see the North Star through the thickest of cloud. You’re all in the same boat and it’s plain sailing for while, until you get to stormy seas…..then the waters get choppy, you’re tossed about in high winds, you struggle to maintain a course, and it’s taking a lot longer to reach your destination. Before you know it, the sailors are questioning you, doubting you, they’re cutting corners, they’re jumping ship and they’re even inspiring a mutiny.
But what do you expect when you’re a heretic? You want blind faith, trust, a loyal following and a bunch of ass-kissers? For what? Did you really think it was all going to be plain sailing? Did you have no idea about the storms that might batter you about? And did you really expect a loyal bunch of kiss-asses to follow you to the ends of the Earth?
If truth were told, 99% of the world aren’t heretics. Only you are. 99% of the world cannot turn their dreams into reality. Only you can. And 99% of the world NEVER sees the world in the way you see it. Only you possess that insight. And until you hear those words “land ahoy”, it is your job to inspire, lead and gain a loyal following as much as you can. But when you lose people for whatever reason, can’t convince them, can no longer make them dream, and no amount of carrot or stick works, then MOVE on. The world doesn’t owe you anything. D.O.