Willingness To Be Misunderstood

by | Oct 4, 2013 | Essays

Invention requires a long-term willingness to be misunderstood. You do something that you genuinely believe in, that you have conviction about, but for a long period of time, well-meaning people may criticize that effort. When you receive criticism from well-meaning people, it pays to ask, ‘Are they right?’ And if they are, you need to adapt what they’re doing. If they’re not right, if you really have conviction that they’re not right, you need to have that long-term willingness to be misunderstood. It’s a key part of invention.

Jeff Bezos

Willingness to be misunderstood, it is. It kinda leads me to “give it five minutes” of Jason Fried. Before¬†criticizing or being angry to things, try to give them five minutes. Think about it thoroughly first.

However, i don’t think it is only applied to invention. I think most good intentions suffer from the similar problem.