Ignore the real world

18 11 2010

“That would never work in the real world.”

You hear it all the time when you tell people about a fresh idea.

This real world sounds like an awfully depressing place to live. It’s a place where new ideas, unfamiliar approaches, and foreign concepts always lose. The only things that win are what people already know and do, even if those things are flawed and inefficient.

Scratch the surface and you’ll find these “real world” inhabitants are filled with pessimism and despair. They expect fresh concepts to fail. They assume society isn’t ready for or capable of change. Even worse, they want to drag others down into their tomb. If you’re hopeful and ambitious, they’ll try to convince you that your ideas are impossible. They’ll say you’re wasting your time.

Don’t believe them. That world may be real for them, but it doesn’t mean you have to live in it.

We know because our company fails the real world test in all kinds of ways. In the real world, you can’t have over a dozen employees spread out across eight different cities over two continents. In the real world, you can’t attract millions of customers without any salespeople or advertising. In the real world, you can’t reveal your formula for success to the rest of the world.

But we’ve done all those things and prospered.

The real world isn’t a place, it’s an excuse. It’s a justification for not trying.

It has nothing to do with you.

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18 11 2010
Cyrus

nice to read something from you after along time!
Hope you are doing well!

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