Seth Godin. This man is a genius who spits out pure gold. I love reading his blog when I get a chance because almost everything he writes gives a little bit of insight, or a little tip, or makes one really stop and think. His November 11, 2013 post (The Generous Skeptic) really struck a chord with me. Here is a quick summary.
There are two types of skeptics:
- Those who are afraid, who embrace the status quo; they may be well-intentioned by try to persuade you to give up on your dream. Ignore them.
- Those who have insight into your field, your strengths and weaknesses; who want you to succeed but maybe see something you don't. This is a generous skeptic. Embrace them. Don't argue with them or shut down. Encourage them and listen.