The unspoken truth of entrepreneurship is that every single person on the planet thinks you’re full of shit.
"You’re going to do what?! That’s crazy. That’s stupid. That’s not possible. That’ll never work."
At first, I didn’t know how to react to this. People would shrug me off and I would tell myself that they didn’t know what they were talking about. It’s not me, it’s them. Mostly though, they were right. I didn’t know what I was talking about. I didn’t know what I was doing. I had no idea how hard this was going to be. I still don’t, but I’m learning.
After enough people told me that I’m crazy, I was finally able to come to terms with the fact that they were right. I am crazy.
Entrepreneurship is crazy. Trying to build something significant out of nothing is completely crazy. And it took awhile, but I finally came to realize the most important thing of all: it doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t matter that everyone thinks that I’m crazy. Friends, family, investors, other founders, sometimes even my own business partner. They keep telling me that I’m crazy, and my job is to keep building.
This isn’t specific to me. This is the journey of every entrepreneur who ever tried to build anything ever. If it wasn’t crazy, it would already be built.
Behind the curtain
We live in a world where magic doesn’t exist. We’ve been taught all our lives that magic isn’t real. It’s not possible. We tell ourselves that since we’ve never be able to do magic before that it doesn’t exist.
I’ve seen behind the curtain though, and I know that it does exists. I’ve had some inside access to watch people performing their magic and creating massively successful businesses where nothing existed before. They went through the same general reaction of skepticism and disbelief. “You’re going to do what?!”
They ignored the haters. They surrounded themselves with believers. And they just kept on building. Once that they achieved some level of success, people failed to realize that they just witnessed magic.
The Ultimate Defender
In this world of non-believers, my job as a founder is simple. I must defend the magic at all costs.
I can see the magic of what is being built. It doesn’t matter that other people can’t see it yet. That’s not important right now. When they tell me I’m crazy, I agree with them. It’s all very crazy, but there is no way I’m going to let them destroy what I know to be true. The magic is real.
Every single day, I come across doubters, haters, non-believers, skeptics, people who think I’m wasting my time, and people who think I’m wasting their time. It’s naive to ignore them. It is important to understand their perspective and take their feedback as just that. It’s just data. Often times they are right. Most startups fail. Every time someone has an idea and doesn’t turn it into Facebook, their belief is reinforced. They are allowed to live in a world where magic doesn’t exist. I’m not.
I’m on the beginning steps of this journey of entrepreneurship, and I can see and feel the magic of what’s being built. I’m going to defend the magic until the end.