Me v. Idea

What makes people support your ideas to change the world? I’ve been thinking about what motivates my biggest cheerleaders to remain in my life, and it’s interesting to think about why they continue to be a part of my entrepreneurial ventures.

I have developed a new idea I am working on in collaboration with a woman I admire a great deal. I would love to believe she is sold on my idea, but part of me feels she is sold on the idea of me doing something good for a large group of people. Personal story + good action = compelling.

Then I think about the amazing people I met at StartingBloc NY and my other networks. I continue to meet with my fellow fellows offline to hear their advice about how to go about executing my plans to create social change. For them, I think they are more invested in me out of the camaraderie we built after being together for two weekends, reflecting on what moves us.

After doing the same assessment for all of my life and professional advisers, I’ve come to the realization that people are invested in me and not so much my ideas. What concerns me is that if I do have some sort of idea that my circle of advisers do not believe will work, would they be able to be open and honest with me? Should that even be a concern? Would love to hear what you think about this one.

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~ by Shalena on April 9, 2010.

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