Entrepreneurs are a competitive bunch, so it’s not all that surprising that interactions between entrepreneurs are often dotted with back-handed, competitive statements like the ones you’ll see below. While it’s true that many entrepreneurs are in competition with each other naturally due to industry choices and product segments, we’re all just members of the same entrepreneurial community.
It’s important to stick together and create a culture of acceptance, understanding, and support – not tear each other down with the negative phrases entrepreneurs can be guilty of saying to each other. Here are 5 phrases entrepreneurs should stop saying to each other. Adjust your conversations accordingly.
5 Phrases Entrepreneurs Should Stop Saying to Each Other
1. YOU LOOK TIRED.
…Ouch? If someone looks tired, chances are, they ARE tired. You know what doesn’t help at all when you’ve had a rough night with little sleep? Someone else tactlessly pointing it out. If you notice another entrepreneur (or anyone!) looks tired, don’t point it out. Offer to grab them a cup of coffee, ask how their day is going – basically, do anything except say “You look tired.”
2. GOOD LUCK.
Wishing someone good luck is sometimes genuine, and we don’t have a problem with that. Saying “good luck” becomes a problem only when it’s tinged with obvious doubt. If you feel unsure about another entrepreneurs’ likelihood of success in their venture and can’t bear to say “Good luck!” without sounding sarcastic or unsure, don’t say anything at all. The phrase entrepreneurs could use instead: “You’re going to do great things!”
3. THAT’S AN…INTERESTING IDEA.
There’s a whole world full of people that don’t “get” entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur yourself, you’re not one of these people, so why would you shoot down another’s idea? Chances are, many people thought your business idea was…interesting at first, too. Be supportive. It’s not your job to be the voice of reason, no matter how ridiculous you find another’s idea to be.
4. I GET __ HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT.
Sleeping is not a competition. Lack of sleep is not a badge to be proudly worn. When will we stop competing with each other over how little sleep we got? If you have ever bragged about getting just 4 hours of sleep per night, it’s time to stop. This is one of the most harmful phrases entrepreneurs say to each other because glorifying a lack of proper sleep is glorifying a stressful lifestyle. Take a nap already, would you?
5. I WOULDN’T DO THAT IF I WERE YOU.
If another entrepreneur has shared their idea with you, they’ve probably already done their homework. Even if you are genuinely concerned that this person is entering into a venture that will fall flat, it’s important to recognize the validity of their efforts. There are so many business ideas we wouldn’t think would be successful that end up being huge. The best thing to remember? You are not this person, and just because you wouldn’t do it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t. Be supportive instead.