As you work to bring your change into the world, some people will inevitably tell you you’re doing it wrong. They’ll say you’re too early or too late, too simplistic or too complex, too deep or too shallow, going about it in the wrong way in the wrong place with the wrong people.
Listen to them, thank them, and then do it anyway.
But first remember that it has taken your whole life for you to come to the insights you now have, so their feedback will mean one of four things:
- They are far ahead of you, and the changes you are suggesting are no longer relevant to them. (In which case they are likely encouraging you to move forward)
- They are behind you and not yet ready for the changes you are suggesting. (What will it take for them to catch up? How long will that take, and how much effort from you?)
- They are exactly the people you are looking for, but you are not communicating your vision in a way they understand. (Listen, learn, and adapt your message.)
- They are simply on a different path, headed towards a different purpose with different values. (Your work will never be relevant for them so don’t try to force it.)
When someone brings you feedback listen, thank them, and then do it anyway: either the same as before, or in a new and improved way.
Negative feedback is always an opportunity, either to save wasted time or to improve your message still further.
All change is part of a wider journey.
Chapter 6 describes how to articulate that vision in a way that inspires others.
Chapter 5 describes how to get clear on your purpose and values.
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