If you want to grow a really smart, successful business, you've got to learn to kill all negativity: other people's and your own.
Instead, encourage positive thoughts, positive viewpoints, explore positive outcomes. We're satisfied that in education and sport, positivity breeds confidence and confidence is almost always attributed to an upturn in performance.
Yet we wrap so many business processes in negativity. While business owners and entrepreneurs are often viewed as inspirational, ideas people, they're bombarded by internal and external negativity from the minute they utter the very notion of going into business.
The whole start-up process is steeped in negativity. Almost all business advice comes in the form of caution and we seem to focus as much on dissuading people than encouraging them, let alone assisting them.
If your business idea itself isn't questioned, its business model almost certainly will, and then there's the economy and lack of bank lending. Compound this on a personal level with the fear and risk of jacking in a regular income and supporting any dependents and it's a wonder anyone ever takes the plunge.
I'm not naively dismissing the value of cautious business planning, but negativity can be a serious creativity killer you should resist yielding to. Don't talk yourself or be talked out of by anyone else, all your great ideas before you've given them a chance.
Why is it our first instinct to dissect every reason why an idea won't work instead of exhausting why and how it could? The answer is actually quite simple: it's harder and scarier to be positive.
It's easy to be negative. Pointing out the dangers and pitfalls, considering all the downsides, thinking how to minimise risks and considering resource/time implications makes us feel grown-up, sensible, and, dare I say it, business-like.
Persevering with positivity is hard. Much tougher. Going out on a limb, challenging convention and disapproving voices is uncomfortable and often unnerving. It's the rough ride.
It's also how all progress, creativity and innovation are born too, though. We should be braver and banish negativity more often to let positivity and creativity flourish.
Every brilliant business idea in history has been opposed by someone (sometimes everyone) and many only survived thanks to the unwavering belief and positivity of their creators. But how many were lost?
Surround yourself with positive people and dismiss negativity.