How I Failed Before I Even Started

This week’s post is a little personal, but it’s always best to learn from the mistakes of others.

In one of my first entrepreneurship courses, we were instructed to come up with unique business ideas, which were then harshly evaluated by our Teaching Assistant.

I had a couple hits and a couple of misses, but it didn’t really matter since I wasn’t invested in those ideas, I was saving the best for last. The specifics of my vision don’t matter, and since I didn’t pay much attention to grades, the F didn’t hurt. The thing that did bother me was the comment claiming my idea was ‘impossible to execute’. I tried to contact the TA, but he didn’t respond. I didn’t take much consolation when he changed my grade to a higher one, but I trusted his judgment and moved on.

A couple years later, I saw several variations of my idea online. It was bitter sweet. While I was happy the idea was executed, I felt like a failure. I didn’t consult others and I no research was done; instead of testing the idea, I chose to fail.

At the time any authority figure would do, yet I still sometimes struggle with and must remind myself to question those who I place on a pedestal. First impressions on your ideas are invaluable, especially from those you trust. However, it is essential to conduct the proper research, and evaluate your idea before dismissing, or even proceeding, with your vision.

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