When I first told my friends I wanted to start a business, their first response was: Why? But you’re an engineer. You don’t have the skills to start a business, much less run one.
I used to get so upset with comments like these. I thought they were demeaning my ambitions.
Until I realised, they weren’t demeaning me, they simply didn’t know any better. In fact, that was the most natural response an engineering student could say to what a friend who wanted to start her own business.
We were 20, 21… broke.
Now, almost ten years later, I find myself in a similar position, telling people about what I do, and then having them ask me questions like: Does it really work? Can you really make money from that?
My first instinct is to get upset. But I don’t. I know it’s not personal. People don’t know what they don’t know. And that’s okay.
What’s important is your own drive towards where you want to be one day. Quiet down the noises outside, focus on what your own voice saying and it will tell you exactly where you need to go.
And you will arrive there one day.