“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
Arthur “99 Problems” Schopenhauer
If people aren’t mocking you, or your idea, initially at least, then you’re probably on the wrong path. Since most people are clueless, most of the people who mock you will be clueless. And if clueless people think it’s a dumb idea, then it’s probably a very good idea and it’s probably going to work.
Do not fear mockery. Fear praise. Fear acceptance.
If someone says: “I wanna learn Japanese. I’ll take a Japanese class”. No one will mock them. Bad sign.
But if someone says: “I wanna learn Japanese. I’ll watch anime all day and simulate growing up in Japan”. They will be mocked. This is good. Anime is gauche. It’s undignified. It’s too low-brow, too pop-culturey. It sounds too fun. “Simulate” sounds too science-fictiony. These are signs of a good idea. Mockery is a tick, a check in the “good idea/good direction” box. Seek out mockery-worthy ideas. All the good, new, fresh ideas are in the mockery-worthy, undignified pile.
Are all mocked ideas good?
Are all good ideas mocked?
Yeah, pretty much. Initially, at least.