When it comes the opinions of others – and how much to listen to them – it seems the jury is split down the middle. Some wise men and ‘experts’ advise you to ignore and eschew everyone else’s opinions, and follow your heart.
Abe Lincoln once famously said: “If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it.”
Author Rudyard Kipling also rejects the idea of listening to one’s public with this exasperated quote “Good Lord! Who can account for the fathomless folly of the public?”
But in business, there are times where it’s necessary to determine and even act upon the opinions of others. Before you enter into a “feedback gathering” stage, take a minute to meditate on these two powerful quotes from two extremely wise guys:
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