When Inventors Love Too Much

From So you want to launch a business…., the blog for entrepreneurs, by Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks. A version of this post first appeared as Beware of MOXIE goggles!

[Here's] one of the most common entrepreneurial mistakes. "Is my enthusiasm clouding my judgment?"

Unfortunately, I regularly meet people for whom the answer to that question is a resounding "YES!"

Inventors really love their inventions. In fact, they often love them so much that they cannot recognize apathetic responses from their intended buyers. It's not just that they don't believe negative feedback. They cannot process it at all. Their beliefs are so strong that they exclude from consideration any and all information that might generate doubt.

Read the full post:  Beware of MOXIE goggles!

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