Overcoming "Crab Mentality"
I've had my share of detractors in life.
You will too.
It's so easy for people to be negative about someone else's dreams - especially those that don't have any.
Ask any entrepreneur and they will tell you that had they listened to all of those who gave them unsolicited advice about their business idea, startup or invention - they would have never taken the first step to get it off the ground.
The very minute you choose to be different, you will be treated differently. For the ambitious person who has the energy, drive, persistence and desire - anything is possible.
Unfortunately for many, those closest to them subscribe to the "Crab Theory" I detail in a chapter of my book, "Unemployable!".
You can safely put dozens of live crabs in a bucket with little worry any will escape as the very minute one pulls itself up by their claws to edge of the bucket, those beneath them will latch on to the crab reaching for freedom and bring them down off edge of escape.
Unfortunately for many, those pulling you back could be the ones you love the most. I have seen it time and time again where close friends, family and even spouses work dutifully to destroy the dream of the entrepreneur.
Is it jealousy, guilt or some other reason people will try to dash your dreams? If you succeed, what does that make those sitting on the sidelines of life?
Of course, not everyone is destined to be an entrepreneur, but the fact is anyone can be if they sincerely desire to break out from the accepted norms of "getting a good education" and then finding a "good job".
A true mentor or someone who loves you won't dash your dreams but will instead support them.
There is a big difference between constructive criticism (asked for - but not volunteered). But, be careful who you ask what. A family member, however, might be a good resource to test a product or service idea, but if they have never successfully run their own business you should be careful about the advice you solicit from them.
Look for people who have the experience, lifestyle and success you want to emulate. Those are the people in which to seek advice. Even experienced business owners can sometimes give bad advice, but for different reasons, typically than the "Crab Mentality".
Weigh your options and when considering everything, an entrepreneur always bets on themselves.
Don't hang around those who bring you back into the bucket! Learn to associate with those who have positive attitudes about you and your ideas.
You too, can escape that bucket we call the accepted norms of society.
Go for it!
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