How to handle all the idiots you’re going to meet along the way.
I’ve been having an absolute BLAST up here in New York, visiting some friends and mostly spending a ton of quality time with my family, which is as refreshing as a tall cold glass of ice-water after an intense workout.
You know, a lot of times, being an entrepreneur is a lonely life. You don’t get a chance to get out much, and frankly… when you do, there really aren’t many people you probably want to hang out with anyway, right?
I just wanted you to know, you’re not alone. It’s a lonely life, especially for the business warriors of the world. Here, just check out some of the nonsense and criticism, many of the greatest entrepreneurs in the world had to suffer through (this comes from ThoughtMechanics.com):
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Tom Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” – Editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
“But what … is it good for?” – Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” – Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” – Western Union internal memo, 1876
“The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” – David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.
“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” – H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
“A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.” – Response to Debbi Fields’ idea of starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies.
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” – Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962
“So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.’” – Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer.
“The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.” – Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project.
“Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” – Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929
“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” – Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre
“The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.” – Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873
See, lots of great people had to deal with LOTS of stupid people while they (the great people) were busy getting stuff done.
Ignore the morons — even when it seems like you’re surrounded by them. Kick FEAR straight on its ass, and show ‘em what you got: http://www.kingofcopy.com/science
Now go sell something, Craig Garber
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