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Answer by Jeanne Lewis, Co-founder and CEO of Capsure, former Founder of Creativebug, on Quora:

What is some helpful advice for people who face a lot of naysayers in their lives?

I would recommend that you put your blinders on and stay the course. Never ease up on the gas. Naysayers are usually those who are projecting their own fears and insecurities about themselves. We are not here to seek acknowledgement from others. If you allow other people's fears to dictate what you do in life, you are guaranteed to veer from your true purpose.

But keep this in mind: You need to be able to handle failure and being told "No" - A LOT. When I was starting Creativebug, I could tell early on who really "got" what we were trying to create and who didn't. It takes a ton of energy to present your vision to other people, so when it's clear that someone is not giving you ample attention to really "hear" you, save your energy for the right person.

I remember being in a pitch meeting where the investor was clearly more interested in talking to his new female co-worker than hearing our pitch. At the end of the meeting, he said we weren't a good fit for them because they had already invested in an online yoga video subscription company (which had nothing to do with our business). We just said, "Right, yes we can absolutely see why we are not a good fit for you. Thanks so much for your time" and walked out.

All you can do is give it your absolute best shot in attempting to achieve a goal. And even if you fail, you won't have to live with the regret of not having tried.

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Published on: Apr 18, 2018