Last weekend, Richard and I were out of town on a little weekend getaway in Pensacola. We were staying at a quirky downtown hotel and we had dinner reservations at a local ‘hot spot’ called, Iron. And, since we are “foodies” we decided to ask the young ladies at the hotel front desk for some other suggestions of the ‘best’ local restaurants.
It was suggested that the Irish restaurant/bar down the street was ideal as the food was amazing, you got a lot of it for your money and the drinks were strong.
For some of you reading this, you might be thinking, hey, that sounds great. And we’re sure it is. However, remember we are “foodies” so price is not an issue, in fact we usually pay more to get less food! And large, strong drinks aren’t as much our thing as a high quality wine list with a few craft cocktails to choose from. Again, we wanted the ‘best’ places in town.
But for us and the young women at the front desk, our definition of what “best” is – is different.
For example, if you asked an Ivy League college graduate if you should go straight into the working world after high school, what do you think the response might be? Or, if you asked someone who worked in a corporate or government job all their life if you should start your own business? Or if you asked someone who was being chased by bill collectors where you should invest your savings? You get the point.
But we do this all the time. We ask the advice and pay attention to the opinions of the people who really don’t have an understanding or experience with the question being asked. Not that their opinions are not valid but they are just that – opinions not based in real experience. Like the ladies at the front desk, there is a difference in mindset. No blame, just reality.
But, if you ask an entrepreneur who started their own business ten years ago, if you should too, you might expect to get a different answer. You would expect actually, to get an honest, educated answer would you not?
If you look to others for answers and you end up at the Irish restaurant/bar down the street with a strong drink in your hand, and you are not happy… that’s not anyone else’s fault but your own.
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