Dealing With Rhetorics: An Entrepreneur’s Take

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Dealing With Rhetorics: An Entrepreneur’s Take

There are questions that are so generic, I wonder ‘who could firmly say yes or no for such questions!’


Questions like ‘Can you do it, do you have the ability to become what you want to, has anybody in your family member been there-done that type, can you compete,‘ and many such generic questions.

No, I am not saying people should stop asking such questions but I mean to say ‘what is the point of asking such questions, whose answer is ‘may be’?

Unless, one wants to hear the answer as yes or no, what is the point of asking questions, whose purpose is not to let you try but hear ‘yes or no’, before one has even tried!’

Nothing creative has ever happened by somebody knowing yes its possible or no it’s not possible, but only to someone with an inquisitive mind of ‘may be, let’s try’.

During first few days of starting up, many of my friends/ex-colleagues, family members thought ‘I should know the answer firmly a yes/no about whether this endeavor would succeed’. Let me tell you ‘I said I don’t know but if you insist for the answer to be yes or no, then its yes’.

After we grew a bit, I happened to meet people who are supposed to be analysts, industry experts, number crunchers and such. I thought at least they wont ask the same question ‘will this work?’ Oh my gosh, even these experts can’t tell. But they insist a firm answer of yes/no.

My answer to them was the same, ‘I said I don’t know. But if you insist for the answer to be yes or no only, then its yes’.

I don’t mean to say people asking such questions are stupid! They are what is natural part of curiousness, devil’s advocate, and assessment process to ensure they know where I am coming from. That is perfectly right and I respect that at least they asked.

But what I found similar with such question is, people assume that if the best don’t know /don’t do what you are suggesting/doing, then the answer to ‘whether this will succeed, it has to be no’. That was an ultimate low to my ‘rebel’ mind!

How on earth the best in the field know what they don’t know yet! Yes, I agree there is more data & analysis for them to guide them to the finest future but with the logic, everything we see in world today should have belonged to some of the finest organizations of last decade/century? If that didn’t happen, then how on earth can you say that only what leaders do today will succeed and hence be followed?

I refuse, I try my best, and I rest my case.

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[About the Author: Santosh Panda is the Founder & CEO of event ticketing solution company Explara. This post was reproduced form his blog.]

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