Dear Entrepreneur,

Please, listen to advice. It’s great that you’re passionate about your idea—and sometimes, you need to ignore the naysayers to realize your dream. However, some zealous entrepreneurs fall trap to dismissing any constructive criticism or advice they receive, which can lead you to miss the opportunity to address possible issues before they happen.

Figure out how to sort through truly negative comments and constructive criticism. If someone is offering you genuine advice, consider stopping and listening carefully. Impartial sources like potential customers, investors, lenders, or mentors are more likely to be honest with you than family and friends, so pay particular attention to what they have to say and you can avoid making some serious mistakes with your business.

With love,