It’s easy to describe an idea to someone, but it is nearly impossible to describe your vision. When we first started to tell people that we were quitting our well paying jobs and giving up our amazing NYC apartment to move in with our parents in Jamaica we got a lot of side eyes and laughter. What I had to realize is that no one else can see your vision and they definitely can’t see how you’re going to make that vision a reality. After reading the quote below from Jay Z I actually began to prefer to be met with dis-belief because it meant my vision was big enough.
"So don’t listen to anyone because their experiences is unique to who they are. And then a lot of people will try to put their fears on you, “You can’t do that!” No, you can’t do it. They’re just projecting it. They’re putting things they don’t think that they can do on you, and you possibly can do it. Like my uncle, I don’t think he meant anything by it and I’ve said it so many times today. I know he’s going to be at Christmas, “Why do you keep bringing this up?” My uncle said I’m never going to sell a million records. I sold a million records like a million times. I’m his nephew, I don’t think he meant any malice, he was just projecting his fears. “Are you crazy? How are you going to do that?” How? I’m sure there are things that I do now that he can’t believe I was able to accomplish. He couldn’t even see it at the time. So he was just projecting and putting his fears on me. Always believe that you’re great even before anybody else believes it."
Jay-Z (Check out the full interview here)
Here’s another related quote from the creator of the blog Human’s of New York:
"If you look at every great artist or person who’s done something great you will see that they’ve had friends behind their back whispering that this guy’s delusional or a meglomanaic. Because in order to do great things you need to believe that you can do it before there is any evidence supporting your beliefs.”
Brandon Stanton (Check out the full interview here)