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How To Deal With Unsupportive Friends And Family

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Ultimately, it’s natural to seek recognition, love and support from our friends and family. But what if, one day, we decided to venture onto a different path in life?

One that is not as conventional as the others around us have chosen for themselves.

Our support systems might be taken off guard with our non-traditional desires and aspirations of being entrepreneurs. The last thing we want is to be ridiculed for exploring the unknown.

You may confuse a lot of people when going against the grain of conventional thinking, and that’s perfectly okay.

When you are competing for attention and eyeballs, articulating value and evoking possibility and vision can be powerful tools.

Below are three ways that will help in overcoming the obstacles of unsupportive friends and family.

Don’t argue.

If you decided to turn down a degree in law or business, a higher paying job or are transitioning completely from your current career to pursue your entrepreneurial dreams, you are going to cause a lot of confusion and judgment from those around you.

When confronted in this manner, do not argue. Your relatives and friends will have a hard time seeing things from your point of view, and they may even refuse to do so. They will only understand the career paths they are familiar with. Avoid setting up a confrontational battle.

No matter how much energy and frustration you pour out, you may not change their minds. You can be the greatest persuader in the world and yet your friends and family will be tied to their own opinions.

Instead of arguing, articulate your desire in a language they will understand: share the vision you have of your business and assure them that you will be responsible with your decisions. Tell them their support means a great deal to you.

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