April 16, 2012

Create Your Own Reality

I just left a good, respectable, well-paying job.

And I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do next (although I do know I will stay in Vietnam to start my business).

I’ve been brainstorming ideas.  Especially attractive are online business models.  I’ve discussed a few of those ideas with several people.

For each of my ideas at least one person told me “That will never work.”

It reminded me of something I read somewhere.

“No matter what your idea is there will be people telling you it won’t work.  Ignore them.  Create your own reality.”

Pretty good advice.

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  • Viet Hong Le

    Hey Chris, 

    I’m pitching my idea at Vietnam Satellite tomorrow: 


    Would you come, then we can have some talks?

    My email is hong (at) vietnamdevelopers.com 


    • I’ll be there.  Looking forward to meeting you Viet Hong.

  • “Don’t be afraid of the  space between your dream and  reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so”

  • Giang

    The “That will never work” thing reminds me of one manager when I proposed new ideas, and when I gently asked “So would you advise me what will really work”, a long silence came along.

    I did the same as you did, just ignore it and follow what I truly believe.

    • Oooohhh Giang, I like your response! 

      Every single person who achieved something great was told “That’s impossible.”  They did it anyway. 

  • I’m facing the same problem when I am talking about the online business model ideas with my relatives. Even proofed idea also being told 
    “That will never work.”
    1- Online business still very young industry and it’s really hard to imagine how it work if you are not working in an online business company or doing work related to it.
    2. The way I am talking about that idea not convinced enough, seem that I was using too much technique slang…
    More? Please add more …

    • There will *always* be people who tell you it will never work.  Sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re wrong.  You have to decide for yourself.

      Not sure what you mean by more…can you explain?

      • Sorry for a such obscure word :(
        I mean to ask you is there any more reason to explain why did they tell us ” That’s will never work!” like that.

  • Ngan

    You are always a man of adventures. “Brick walls are there to let us prove how badly we want things.” Best luck to you.

    • Hi Ngan – yeah I like that expression.  Another way to put it is “Brick walls are there to keep other people out, but not you.”

  • The Northener

     For me, whenever somebody tells me that my plan/ my idea will never work, in a magical way my brain just automatically translates it into “ok you will make it work” :P

    I don’t know why though, possibly because I’m a Northener ;)

    • Hi Northerner – I know how you feel.  Nothing motivates me like someone telling me I can’t do something. 

      I’ve found that Northerners are especially prone to being this way!  Nothing is impossible.

  • Damn

    I don’t know how it happened but I like to imagine Walt Disney telling his idea to his friends and relatives:
    Disney: I got an idea. It will be a park and we will put people dressing as cartoon’s characters!
    Others: You are crazy.
    Disney: Wait, there’s more. And they will be dancing and singing in musical shows!
    Others: Walt, are you sure you are ok …

    But for b2b products, even if the idea is good, if you can’t convince at least some of your future buyers then there is a problem I think.

    • Yep.  Someone has said “this is crazy” for every great idea in history.

  • Cindkie

    I belive it will work Chris oi ;-)

  • Trinh Ho

    One year ago, I came back to Vietnam from Japan and I signed up Vietnamworks for looking for a job. One day, I accidentally read an article about you (a CEO of Vietnamworks) on “Nu Doanh Nhan” magazine. I was impressed by your answers and hope to see you in person as you were the CEO of Vietnamworks.

    Now you are not the CEO anymore. What a pity!
    Six years ago, I failed to become an air traffic controller, I thought it was pity for me. Then a friend of mine said to me :”Maybe it’s for the better!” and he added “You win some, you lose some. That’s life. Life must go on. Keep on your life.”
    He was right. I started to spend a year learning Japanese and got a scholarship to Japan. And I studied hard to get a master in Japan. Until now I have never regretted for not being an air traffic controller because now it is better.
    I believe that in the near future you will say yourself you have the better.

    Your blog is great. I will follow it and learn it for myself. Cheers to you because now you are the CEO of yourself.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Trinh. Yep, there’s always a gift in everything that happens. The key is to learn to look for it.

      “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
      – Helen Keller