Like many entrepreneurs, one of the big mistakes I did in the beginning of my career was listening to the idiots. Now, I’ve always been proud, so I didn’t listen to the naysayers and the negative people, but listening to idiots can cause just as much damage.
It seems like people who have no idea what they’re talking about always have something to say to you about your business. Sometimes it’s people you love and respect, sometimes it’s an unqualified person, and sometimes it’s random strangers.
When people make mistakes or can’t get a business off the ground, and I ask them, “why did you do it this way,” they often say, “because so and so told me to do it this way.” Then I ask if “so and so” are in the same business or has experience with what you are doing or trying to do, and in a vast majority of the cases, the answer is “no”.
Let me ask you this – would you tell the plumber how to do his job? I sure know I wouldn’t, because if I knew how to do it, why would I need him there? Now turn it around, would you want the plumber to tell you how to run your non-plumbing business? No, exactly.
Sure, your parents/siblings/friends can be very persuasive, and they might get a bit hurt if you tell them to be quiet, but if they don’t know what they’re talking about, don’t take their advice. I can’t tell you how many times I listened to non-successful friends (because friends just want what’s best for you), and it ended it with a disaster.
Get a mentor or a coach, buy a book ,join a forum, go to seminars and workshops, learn from the people that have a track record and that are doing what you want to do! Everything else is a waste of time.
TL;DR Don’t listen to advice from people that aren’t doing what you do, regardless of how much you like them.