The benefits of an entrepreneur’s negative attitude.

When we think of successful entrepreneurs, we often envision someone who is relentlessly positive and optimistic. However, some argue that having a negative attitude can actually be beneficial for entrepreneurs.

A negative attitude can provide motivation to improve and prevent complacency, among other benefits. By acknowledging weaknesses and potential threats, entrepreneurs may be better equipped to adapt and grow their businesses.

In this episode, we explore the idea of a negative attitude in entrepreneurship and its potential benefits.

What you will learn:

  • The difference between a negative attitude vs being realistic
  • The benefits of having a negative attitude in business
  • Why pop culture’s emphasis on staying positive has its dangers
  • Why entrepreneurs should strive to be forward-thinking and confident


RL: “When we live in only in positivity, it becomes quite dangerous.”

DF: “The first question to ask yourself is – a I being realistic?”

RL – “When we overvalue the high of the rollercoaster, we don’t see how low we can go after that.”

DF: “When delivering negative feedback to an employee, the question is: how do I walk this person through getting better?”

RL: “Negativity is not the whole sauce of the improvement, it’s the trigger.”

DF: “If you draw your focus temporarily on the negative, you’re more likely to come up with a solution instead of an excuse.”

Overall, we will challenge conventional wisdom about positivity and encourage entrepreneurs to embrace a more nuanced approach to mindset in business.

Mentioned in this show: Driving Leadership podcast on the Diversity of Diversity

A new episode is published every other Friday.

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