Mr. Skeptic and Mr. Optimist: A Business Story

Posted by Fitz Villafuerte under Business, Mindsetting on April 21, 2014

This is the story of two friends, Mr. Skeptic and Mr. Optimist.

They both want to start a business, but they don’t know how and where to begin.

So they went to Mr. Entrepreneur and asked him…

What’s a good business to start today?

This is Mr. Entrepreneur’s answer:

It all depends on what you are passionate about.

Think of what you love to do and start from there.

Open your eyes and be aware that the world is opportunity-rich.

And by that I mean, the world is full of problems.

Problems that you, as entrepreneurs, must solve through your passion.

skeptic Mr. Skeptic and Mr. Optimist: A Business Story

This is what Mr. Skeptic heard:

It all depends on what you are passionate about.
Huh? What does that even mean? Can’t he just give a straightforward answer?

Think of what you love to do and start from there.
Okay, I love watching TV. Now how do I start a business from that?

Open your eyes and be aware that the world is opportunity-rich.
If that is true, then why can’t I think of a good business idea now?

And by that I mean, the world is full of problems.
Tell me something that I don’t know.

Problems that you, as entrepreneurs, must solve through your passion.
That’s it?! I’ve heard this advice so many times already. This was a waste of time.

optimist Mr. Skeptic and Mr. Optimist: A Business Story

This is what Mr. Optimist heard:

It all depends on what you are passionate about.
He’s not giving a straightforward answer. I must listen carefully.

Think of what you love to do and start from there.
I love watching TV. But surely, there must be other things that I love to do.

Open your eyes and be aware that the world is opportunity-rich.
If that is true, then I must go out and hunt for those opportunities.

And by that I mean, the world is full of problems.
Indeed, the world is full of problems.

Problems that you, as entrepreneurs, must solve through your passion.
I’ve heard this advice so many times already, so there must be truth to it. I need to fully understand what it means so I can become an entrepreneur.

Two friends listened to the same words…

… but they each heard different things.

How about you? What did you hear?

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2 Responses to “Mr. Skeptic and Mr. Optimist: A Business Story”


  1. Mercy says:

    Hi Fits!love your articles. Hoping for more to help some starter like me.
    Want to ask your opinion on how to properly get the budget for paying property tax?property insurance? premium of hubby and kids?these kind of expenses that we usually pay every first quarter,(sorry… out of the context of your posted topic above).
    We already have savings, investment and emergency fund account. what confuse me is the proper way to withdraw the funds on this kind of expenses.Hope to hear a suggestion from here.

    Thank you and more power!

  2. arwin says:

    wow, this gave me something to think of… tnx much sir fitz, hope to see you in person soon….

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