4. The Entrepreneurs Who Have The Very Best, Most Disruptive, Most Valuable Ideas Will Face The Most Resistance From The Status Quo
“The idea of gas engines was by no means new, but this was the first time that a really serious effort had been made to put them on the market. They were received with interest rather than enthusiasm and I do not recall any one who thought that the internal combustion engine could ever have more than a limited use. All the wise people demonstrated conclusively that the engine could not compete with steam. They never thought that it might carve out a career for itself. That is the way with wise people–they are so wise and practical that they always know to a dot just why something cannot be done; they always know the limitations. That is why I never employ an expert in full bloom. If ever I wanted to kill opposition by unfair means I would endow the opposition with experts. They would have so much good advice that I could be sure they would do little work.” -Henry Ford
Those very few bright souls with a one in a million, world-changing idea who have the moxy to tell the world to follow them, who take meaningful, important steps to acquire customers and ship their service or product, will face the very most resistance from a world that doesn’t want to change. People resist their own good ideas, and they will resist yours too. We live in the safest world that any members of our species have ever had the privilege of enjoying. You have more power and access to more powerful resources than the last King of France had just a few generations ago. Yet most people are still resistant to manifesting the better parts of our more angelic natures. And the real kicker is not only will you face resistance from people ducking their heads in the sand as you try to change the world, but you will face resistance from the already successful “experts” out there who think they’ve got the world figured out already and don’t need your change to come along and mess it all up for them.