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When Your Idealism Prevent You From Growth, Compromise.


A passionate person usually has a very high standard of their work. We usually call them as “an idealist”.

But, how many times we hear a case like this:

A woman loves painting, so she decides to open a little shop to sell her work.

A man is passionate about writing, so he quits his job to focus on his first novel.

Then… wait for it…

Nothing happens.

Nothing. No customers, no readers, no clients.

It didn’t have to be that way.

There are some “curse” on being too idealist about your work. Here’s some example:

1. The Multi-Talent Curse


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Because people appreciate your work, you started to think that you are special.

You think that people will love you as much as they love your work. Thus, you believe that you can do everything by yourself without needing other people.

It’s really dangerous to think that way.

Even though you are multi-talented, you can build a website, you can write content, you can design, the thing is you only have 24 hours.

Your skill may help you to start. But to grow, you need more than that.

You cannot be 100% in building a website while creating a perfect content and design. You just don’t have all the time.

Moreover, you have to realize that you only can, not expert.

There will be other people that have a dedication on one of your skill and have more time than you. And obviously, they will be better than you.

What you should compromise:

Instead of thinking that you can do everything by yourself, try to collaborate with other people that have a complementary expertise with you in your team.

Instead of thinking that you have to develop yourself at all cost, try thinking it’s better to grow together with others.

2. The Delusional Dream Curse


Having a vision is essential for a founder. But, having a delusional dream is very dangerous.

What I mean by the delusional dream is you only believe in your dream but the reality is not as “perfect” as your imagination.

You only believe but you don’t do research. You don’t have the data. You just ignore it.

This case usually happened when you think that your product is super innovative. People won’t understand if you ask. You believe that you could create the market.

The perfect example for this would be Segway.

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The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing battery electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It was launched in 2001 in a blizzard of publicity. Yet it has failed to gain significant market acceptance and is now something of a curiosity.

According to Paul Sloane, the product failed because:

a. The expectation is too high.
b. A product, not a solution.
c. No clear need or target market.

That’s why having a delusional dream will eventually lead you to failure.

What you should compromise:

Instead of dreaming too far and being delusional, try to talk with other people about your ideas. Look for another perspective.

It’s always better to do a validation and have your vision backed with data.

In the end, what matters is not the dreams, but the fact.

3. The “Perfect” Curse


Only because you cared so much about your work, doesn’t mean that it was perfect.

Thinking about your work is already perfect is really dangerous.

It will prevent you from getting better and grow. You will be stuck in a standard that you set. Not what the market needs.

I believe one of the examples of this is the super ugly iPhone battery case that Apple create a few months ago.

In my opinion, Apple is just too arrogant when they think that people will always buy everything that they create.

Because the reality is the battery case is a huge failure. It got many bad reviews, bad reputation, and it just… ugly.

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What you should compromise:

When it comes to earning money doing what you love, you have to remember: Right now, nobody cares about your work.

It isn’t about you.

It isn’t about how perfect you think your work is.

It’s about your clients and customers: what you give to them, what you do for them and how they benefit from knowing you. You have to make them care about your work so much they’ll pay you to do it.

Conclusion

Having a high standard for the work you care about is a very good thing. But when it prevents you from growth, you better compromise your idealism.

Sometimes the condition is just not as perfect as you thought it would be, or maybe it’s just your ego that makes your brain foggy and cannot think clearly.

Whatever it is, the most important things is to keep growing. Because it’s not worth it to have an idealism but you are only stuck in the place you are now.

Reference

1. http://www.brazen.com/blog/archive/career-growth/forget-follow-your-passion-how-to-really-make-money-doing-what-you-love/
2. http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/why-companies-failand-how-their-founders-can-bounce-back
3. http://www.innovationmanagement.se/2012/05/02/a-lesson-in-innovation-why-did-the-segway-fail/

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When Your Idealism Prevent You From Growth, Compromise.

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