David Fedewa is inventRight's Advanced Negotiations Coach. In this video, he describes the strategy he used to deal with friends and family who were less than supportive of his desire to become an entrepreneur and his license his ideas for new products.
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Welcome to the Ask David Fedewa show. I am your host David Fedewa and I am here to answer any one of your inventing questions.
I want to get started off today with the emotional side of things and how to get well, I guess that the topic I want to hit on today was friends and family because every entrepreneur or anybody that wants to break out of the mold and do so something that is different than the norm has family and friends that either support or push you down and it is dealing with that is somewhat of a difficult thing to do because you want your friends, your family to support you in. When I was getting started in this business, my closest friends and family knew about what I was doing but nobody outside of that because it was something that I did not want to hear about it because, you know, I have waited tables and I had a college degree but you know, it was not getting me anywhere and this is what I want to do, it just sound crazy. I want to make invention, take into a company and have them pay me for a long time. I want to tell people that they would, they would may say me. They would shoot me down. You know, you can do that, that is silly, and so, when the closest friends and family start to shoot you down in your dreams, it is not that you are cutting out of your life. It is just you are not telling them just be quiet about it. Do not let him know and this is the funny part is, I just kept it under the radar and my friends and family, you know, my mom, my dad, they were supportive, my brothers, they were supportive, and it was outside that bubble that you know, it was one of these things where if you come from the same place you get the same degrees, you know, you do the same thing and if you start to break out of that mold and do better that means that the people of your past, they could do better to but they choose not to and they do not want to see that and so when they start to say, it is not, you know, you cannot do that because they want you to stay where you are at because you are on even playing field with them, but you do not want to be there. And so, you know what I did was, I kept quiet, did not say anything and you know, when I started licensing products and you know, Steven, wrote an article about me featured in an inked magazine and posted on my Facebook wall and it was funny because the friends and family outside of my inner circle or like, “Oh my gosh, you are an overnight success.” And I was like if you consider like three years of working after work on overnight success and I was like if you consider like three years of working after work on overnight success, then yeah of course that is an overnight success but they had no idea and that is the perception that people have is, they think that all you know once you become successful was overnight reality, they do not see those nights, those days that you are just working through and beyond what other people work and once you get over that mountain you deserve every moment of that success and so, to deal with friends and family that are being difficult just zip the lip, put your head down focus on what you are going to do what you can execute and do it and then once you do then you can be an overnight success in their mind.
So, I want to get started off with some questions. Ivan, thank you so much for bringing this question on I am going to kind of zip through a little bit. “David, thanks for being a real inspiration, have a question for you. I have developed this