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We have all been there. Got an idea, spend a few weeks, days or just hours getting excited about the glorious prospects and now we are ready to share our “baby” with the world.  Clearly, it is a no brainer and will certainly explode as soon as people find out our product or service exists.

We, the ever excitable and often overly optimistic entrepreneurs, pretend to ask for advice.  Let me clarify what I mean by advice (yeah, I know, work with me):

Definition of Advice: Guidance or recommendations concerning prudent future action, typically given by someone regarded as knowledgeable or authoritative. 

Not sure about you, but I have found myself requesting for advice with a firm (be it subconscious) goal to reaffirm my brilliant idea.  Ah, you don’t think it will work? You are just not getting it!  Why isn’t it on paper?  It is too good and totally clear, why aren’t you seeing the upside.  And on and on. 

It's worth pointing out that the above definition includes "...someone regarded as knowledgeable or ahtoritative." Those folks are hard to find, so we settle for whomever is avaialble and pronto, we have our advice covered.

Now, here is what I learned.  painful as it is, the best advice is not the one that supports your assumptions (even though it is nice to hear).  The best advice makes you question your brilliant path.  Good advice directs attention on the possible hurdles and blind spots.  How many of us have fallen in love with our creation even though we know love is blind!

No matter how challenging, let's request for advice with a clear and unbiased desire to learn, to improve and, in the words of The Lean Startup, to be ready to pivot.

Advisors, don’t hold back. Bring it! It is the best way you can help Entrepreneurs.


Posted by Adam Fridman
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