Playing Devil’s Advocate

One thing that bothers me is the concept of playing “devil’s advocate.”

Oftentimes, if we come up with a good idea, friends, family and coworkers will look to find reasons why it won’t work.

They’ll look for reasons why we might fail, but they’ll frame it in the guise of trying to “help” us.

“I was just playing Devil’s Advocate.”

But that’s not helpful at all, is it?

For one, looking for reasons why something won’t work isn’t a good formula for actually making them work. It’s not encouraging and it just spreads bad vibes.

More than anything, though, it’s easy. 

It’s easy for those who are not in the arena to judge the warrior. It’s easy for those sitting on the sidelines to speculate while they hide from taking action themselves.

If someone you care about is starting a project that they love, don’t look for reasons why it won’t work. Flood them with reasons why it will.

And here’s the key: if the idea doesn’t work, that’s fine, too. 

The object of the game in life is to take action. We can’t always control outcomes. But we can always control our actions. So encourage them to keep trying until they get better results.

The Devil doesn’t need any more advocates. Trust me, he’s fine. 

Daniel DiPiazza
@Rich20Something

Daniel is the founder and CEO of Rich20Something. A millennial business mastermind, he has successfully started three consecutive freelance businesses and scaled them to over $100K in revenue with zero startup capital. His work is regularly featured in Time Magazine, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fox News, and Yahoo! Business. His debut book, Rich20Something, publishes on May 2, 2017.

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