A couple of weeks back, I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter Thiel alongside my friend and FastCompany writer, Chris Dannen. It was a thrilling experience for me, personally, and Peter was as insightful and thought-provoking as one would imagine. You can read the outcome of the interview, here.
I wanted to share the following comment that Peter gave, which wasn’t included in the FastCo write up:
“You don’t want ideas to get shot down, instantly. And so, so there is always this dynamic; there’s a tech/business version: I’d like people to work on more breakthrough technology companies. And then, the question is ‘why aren’t more people doing that’? Is it that they don’t have ideas? Is it subjectively hard to do it? My theory is that there are actually a lot of really good ideas out there, but people sort of get discouraged from them. And, there are all these social cues people pick up on that discourage them from pursuing them.”
He’s right. Don’t be a victim of your fears. And, certainly, don’t be a victim of others who attempt to deter you from creating (and manifesting your dreams) because of their own limitations. It’s the only way to go from zero to one.
- Brandon Buchanan