What does “it’s a good start” really mean
Like many others that haven’t lived here long enough, I thought americans are just too damn positive when I first moved to the US. There’s no way that everything is so ‘great’ and ‘awesome’ all the time!
And the problem goes both ways, my american friends had trouble understanding me.
And then it struck me: it’s just a matter of translation. They don’t really mean that it’s ‘great’, they just have a different meaning for that word.
So I’ve made these graphs to make it more clear what does “it’s a good start” really mean.
Objectively speaking, things probably fall on a bell curve. Most things are average, and trail off on both edges into few things being complete junk and few things being super duper awesome.
99% of the americans that I know will never ever say “i don’t like what you’ve done”. Those words are just not in their vocabulary.
The startup community is an interesting one. You can tell when somebody doesn’t like your idea because they will say “it’s interesting” and then stop.
They probably like it if they start talking about problems that you might have, what if Google starts doing this, what if you don’t get critical mass, etc.
You can tell they really love it when they start brainstorming with you what you could do in the future if you succeed. They get excited with you and stop worrying about issues, instead they talk about what your idea could become.
Where do I even start? Romanians are a negative bunch. The best you can get out of them, if they don’t have anything negative to say about your idea, is to say that even if you do succeed, it’s futile anyways. Somehow, somewhere, sometime in the future it will eventually fail for whatever reason.
[update] And for the curious, here’s how the graph looks like for me.