What’s wrong with it? I asked the air conditioning repairman as he took apart my air conditioner. He said, “One of two things, either you ran it without a filter, or you ran it too cold too long.” Now, I’m no expert, but I was pretty sure that I wasn’t getting the full story. A minute later, my husband Jason came outside and I repeated what the tech had told me. Seeing Jason, the repairman back peddled and said that wasn’t what he said. Incredulous, I realized that since I wasn’t born a man, this guy wouldn’t believe that I ran a construction company that once replaced 200 air conditioning A-coils on an air force base.
It has been so long since someone has treated me like a “dumb girl” I didn’t know how to react. In another time and place, I might have taken it personally; today I realize that his behavior was just a symptom of his thinking.
As an entrepreneur I’ve learned that inventers, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs face ridicule and criticism because most people subscribe to ‘the way it’s always been done mentality’. Successful people know that in today’s fast paced world, what got you here won’t keep you here and thinking differently is the only way you can be successful.
Here’s 5 ways successful people think and how you can think differently for your success: