No No Nanette
Kevin Salwen on Passionate Work
Sometimes, it's the people you know who are the least helpful. Let me explain.
Like everyone who is working on something about which they truly feel passionate, I find myself less and less tolerant of the naysayer and the skeptic. I'm working a gazillion hours, I'm thinking about it even more. I'm waking up in the middle of the night with thoughts coursing through me.
But I come out of the journalism world, in which (bet you didn't know this!) skepticism runs supreme. And what I've realized is that sometimes I can't use it. Don't get me wrong, of course: I'm do NOT need happy talk and I absolutely think constructive criticism is critical to coming up with the right product or service. You don't like how Worthwhile looks or our marketing pitch, bring it on.
I'm talking more about the pure-bred skeptic -- the 'prove it, then I'll know it's right' kind of person. I don't need those people in my life right now -- the looks, the pregnant pauses, the 'well, when you're ready to come back to the corporate world' type phrases. So, I've purged many of them, at least for the time being. Is this unreasonable?