They should be different types of people: school teachers, attorneys, accountants, entrepreneurs, or even people who know you at a more personal level, like a pastor or coach. These people have to trust you enough to make you cry or you are wasting time.
Once completed, make changes as necessary to your plan. Remember, just because they didn't like it doesn't make it wrong, but be ready to deal with changes that are necessary. You may wind up doing the above exercise more than once and I can tell you I would, even at this stage of my life.
Starting a business is never met with the fanfare you would expect. I had people around me who encouraged me from day one and others who told me it would be the biggest mistake of my life. If you are lucky you will have both. The encouragers kept me alive when the days were difficult and the answers few. The ones who challenged me — mostly out of love — fired me up when the hours were long. You will need both to succeed.
Joseph “Big Joe” Clark, whose column is published Sundays, is a certified financial planner. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 640-1524.