WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN OTHER PEOPLE JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND YOUR BUSINESS AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?

Entrepreneurs: How to deal when other people just don't get it. Handle naysayers and worriers like a boss. On the Adventure Knocks blog by Allison Horner, Business Success Coach for women entrepreneurs


This topic has come up with some of my fellow bossladies, especially around the Holidays when we catch up with a lot of family and friends who, well, are very curious and not so supportive about our business.

"They just don't get it." "They ask really rude questions." "They make comments and act worried about me, like I'm not going to make it!"

Believe me, I know how this feels. The fact is, we're a special breed as entrepreneurs. There's something special that sets us apart, and that's a good thing. Moxie, determination, resilience, guts, purpose...

But sometimes it can feel overwhelming to be in our shoes, not to mention we put a boatload of pressure on ourselves already. So it feels worse when we get the hint that people around us aren't super supportive, or maybe they don't know how to be.


Here are a few of my tips for dealing with the naysayers, passive aggressive commenters, and loving worriers in our lives.


What tips do you have for your fellow business owners? COMMENT below with your support for your sistas.



:: GO STRONG AND LONG ON YOUR MINDSET GAME.

Hey! Get your head outta the gutter, missy!

Your mindset work is going to come in handy right now. Dedicate a little bit of extra time to your practice and install new beliefs every day if that helps.


EXAMPLES: "I'm surrounded by love, support and people who care about my happiness."

"I don't need everyone to see my vision in order to find success and fulfillment."



:: REDIRECT! REDIRECT!

A trusty old favorite. When I'm talking with someone who's just... ummm... being an asshole?, I'll redirect the conversation entirely. "How are you doing?" "I heard you ran for City Council? That's really cool!" "How's the new house?"


SIDENOTE: Some peeps may have drunkles (always-drunk-uncles) that fall into this category. Sometimes, it's easier to take the path of least resistance and move the conversation in another direction entirely instead of wasting precious time and energy arguing or defending.



:: IS THIS PERSON MY IDEAL CLIENT/CUSTOMER? 

The answer to this is likely "No". They're NOT your ideal client or customer.


Yes, I know we all want our parents/bestie/grandma to be proud of everything we do, but you must recognize that - while you love them - they're probably not your ideal clients. Don't bust your ass trying to explain it for the 4th time.

All that matters is that your perfect client or customer gets you and what you do. That's it. (click to tweet)


TIP: How can you explain what you do + more importantly, why you LOVE it, in just 1-2 sentences? Most peeps, especially family, want to hear that you're happy and in good health. That's all.



:: WHAT'S THEIR REAL MOTIVE?

Recognize that this person may ask those prying questions because they want to protect us from harm or disappointment (and they clearly don't do the mindset work that we do as entrepreneurs.)


The thing is, entrepreneurship is hard sometimes. Not everyone has the stomach for it, but we do. We're resilient, determined, badass women who have a HUGE purpose to bring to the world; you can't argue with that.


ASK YOURSELF: is it possible that this family member's rude question or comment may be more about them wanting to protect me?

Entrepreneurs: How to deal when other people just don't get it. Handle naysayers and worriers like a boss. On the Adventure Knocks blog by Allison Horner, Business Success Coach for women entrepreneurs



:: JFDI! 

In case you're wondering: JFDI = Just F*cking Do It. Nike moment.

Nothing feels better than just getting the essential shit done and proving to yourself that you can bust through and move forward despite any negativity or lack of support. 

You are the Boss. You are responsible for your business growth, so you have to learn how to adapt and move on no matter what.

Try using any experiences you have to inspire creativity. How does this feel? How do I want it to feel? Can I use this to help someone else?

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:: PUT UP YOUR SHIELD.

Sometimes you just gotta put the shield up, and that's all that will work. See the above about the mindset work necessary for this.

What are your tips for dealing with peeps who just don't get it? COMMENT BELOW.

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