Throughout the entirety of my career and entrepreneurial life, I have been told what I can or can’t do time and time again. As an entrepreneur, we have to go outside of the comfortable box and do what others deem impossible. We constantly go against what society has deemed “normal” and as such we constantly get told that our ideas are too bold or unachievable.
This doesn’t just come from complete strangers, but even the closest of friends and family can and will tell you that what you are doing is wrong. Most of the time, they don’t say these things to bring you down or set you back, but simply because they can not see the big picture and see only the risks involved.
If I listened to everyone that told me what I was attempting wasn’t possible or was a mistake, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today. For example, when I moved here, there were no large car events anywhere in the immediate area. I quickly saw the need for one (even it if was my own need at first) and I decided I was going to build the biggest monthly automotive event in the area. In order to get attendance, I hustled. I called every single car club president I could find in a 50 mile radius. I set up a website and a Facebook page. I posted on over 50 forums and a ton of local car related groups.
A large portion of the time, the calls and emails were met with excitement about a new event in the area. However, I had several club presidents tell me “it’s already been tried and it failed” or “it can’t be done, we already have [insert small event here]”. I didn’t let this faze me and I kept pushing for attendance and kept trying to grow the event.
However, I faced another setback: It rained on the first event. Only 20 cars showed, but 3 of those were Ferraris. Word spread fast and the next event had 60 cars in attendance. Now, we average 200+ cars at every event and our biggest (August) saw over 250 including 7 Ferraris. If I would have listened to what those cynical few said, I never would have built an event that has become a local favorite.
Get out there and build your dreams. Don’t let the naysayers hinder your hustle.