As a budding entrepreneur, you’re likely to meet a lot of people telling you “no.” While some of these people are well-meaning, the constant negativity can eventually impact your self-confidence.
The unfortunate truth is that you can’t avoid naysayers altogether. While their negativity is depressing, sometimes they have valuable knowledge and information you will need.
So how can an aspiring young business owner deal with this situation? We asked 13 members of Young Entrepreneur Council about their experiences dealing with those types of people and how they overcame the negativity to be successful. Here’s what they had to say.
1. Set Your Own Plan
Set your own plan and stick to it. As long as you are hitting the goals you set out for yourself, it won’t matter what others are saying. This will build self-confidence in your business decisions. – David Boehl, GoLastMinute
2. Connect With Your Purpose
True confidence and the ability to stay steadfast to your aspirations depends on how connected you are with your purpose—your “why.” If you know the driving purpose behind your business venture, you will have much more confidence in your actions and decisions. You will be so focused on your vision and goals that you will have little time or interest in listening to any negativity. – Blair Thomas, eMerchantBroker
3. Put Your Faith In Data
If you want to overcome naysayers, you have to learn to put your faith in concrete data. People can say anything, but data reveals more meaningful information than all the professionals in the world. You can improve your confidence by setting up tests and polls, which will allow you to gather actionable information about your business venture. – Chris Christoff, MonsterInsights
4. Keep Focused And Tune Them Out
After being in business for more than a decade, I still hear people say negative things, and I find that tuning them out is the best way to move forward and be more confident in my decision-making. I know it’s difficult to block out the negative noise, but it’s important to remember that you’re the one who is embarking on the entrepreneurial journey, not them. Keep focused. – Kristin Kimberly Marquet, Marquet Media, LLC
5. Quit Caring About What Others Think
Quit caring about what other people think. It can be a challenge, but there are tons of success stories out there in the business world regarding folks who started a business in an environment of people saying “That won’t work.” If you have a solid business idea, have researched it, are passionate about it and are willing to put in the work, there’s a really good chance you’ll eventually succeed. – Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance
6. Create A Strong Community Of Support
Create a strong community of support. The path of an entrepreneur can feel lonely at times, especially when you receive comments from naysayers. Build a community of like-minded individuals around you who you can turn to when things are difficult, when you need solid guidance and when you want to be pushed. – Matthew Podolsky, Florida Law Advisers, P.A.
You need to have a clear mind to process all the decisions in your life when you are in business for yourself. That’s why meditation is a great practice, as it allows you to clearly process thoughts in your mind and see them for what they are. So, when processing the naysayers, meditation will allow you to take in the information and make clear, confident decisions. – Rishi Sharma, Mallama
8. Surround Yourself With Positive People
No matter what you are doing, or what you are trying to accomplish, there will always be someone that will say it isn’t possible. When they do, that is their own insecurities coming out. Make sure to surround yourself with people that do not have that negative mentality. The mind games are not worth it. – Zach Binder, Bell + Ivy
9. Hire A Mentor For Guidance
If you want to feel confident about your business decisions, then hire a mentor who can guide you in the right direction. There are always going to be people in your ear telling you something, but it’s up to you to drown out the noise and listen only to your intuition. A mentor can help you improve your critical thinking skills so you’re able to solve these problems on your own. – Stephanie Wells, Formidable Forms
10. Find Inspiration Through Other Entrepreneurs
Confidence truly comes from within. Find inspiration through the entrepreneurs who have made their visions come true, who now provide perspective, advice and context, for free, through social media platforms. If you have a vision in your mind, ignore the noise, as they say, and take constructive criticism and the naysaying as a chip on your shoulder. – Anthony Saladino, Kitchen Cabinet Kings
11. Ignore Those Who Aren’t In The Industry
Ignore those who aren’t in the industry or aren’t entrepreneurs. People who’ve never gone out on their own won’t understand the commitment it takes. People outside of your market or industry may say you’re “doing it wrong” because they only know about their industry. If you’ve done the research and have the motivation to make it work, you’ve already got the confidence to move forward. – Thomas Griffin, OptinMonster
12. Treat Naysayers With Empathy
Fending off naysayers is a full-time job. Treat them with empathy. Often, their concern comes from a good place, and keep in mind that very few people are cut out to launch a business. Just say “nay” to the naysayers by surrounding yourself with other entrepreneurs through online communities or local meetups. There’s strength in numbers. Aligning yourself with peers facing the same challenges is empowering. – Matt Diggity, Diggity Marketing
13. Lean Into What They Are Saying
Lean into what the naysayer is saying. Although many may be fighting your ideas for the wrong reasons, it doesn’t hurt to listen to why they may not think your business venture or latest decision is a good idea. Instead of blindly disagreeing with anyone that says “no,” take a moment and listen to why they are saying “no.” There may be something valuable to learn or discover in their words. – Jared Weitz, United Capital Source Inc.