Here are some recommendations for entrepreneurs who are in similar situations with a lack of support from those around them:
Minimize talking about your business idea and progress with anyone that has suggested it won't work.
While they mostly mean well, it is not where you should have your head or where you should waste your energy. If you have conversations with these people, opt to talk about other things where you have a shared interest, common ground, or some neutral beliefs.
Surround yourself with those that do believe in what you are doing and can provide positive and practical advice to ensure what you do will succeed.
You can do this by participating in an incubator or accelerator program as well as finding a mentor who can guide your progress.
Continually review your research and assess the market for your business.
Looking at quantitative evidence that your startup has an audience that needs and wants what you want will keep you focused on the prize. The proof is in the pudding, so the saying goes.
Stick to the fundamentals of building a business.
Staying busy with what you need to accomplish will keep your mind from wandering back to what those who doubt you have said. The physical act of getting things done will help you progress rather than getting caught up in worry that the naysayers might be right.
Take time to step back and do something else periodically because this will help you stay in a positive frame of mind.
Don't put your startup on the back burner, but take breaks, do something completely different for a weekend, and get rest. All of these activities help reaffirm your passion and determination. The mental and physical rest keeps exhaustion at bay and puts you in a more positive frame of mind.
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