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Definition

Showstoppers can be devastating, terminating barriers to success. If you proceed with your idea, is there certain to be a forceful pushback that stops your venture?[1] Will the public announcement of your existence result in your being obliterated by a competitor, a legal barrier, another country, or worst of all, someone who does not trust the legal system for adequate redress against you (such that they take the law into their own hands)? Note the polarity on this score. The more you lack showstoppers, the higher you score.

[1] The term is twisted from the normal definition, which is a positive. A showstopper is defined as a theatrical performance or person that is so robust, so beautiful, so arresting that it literally “stops the show.” Here I use the term in its business context: Is there something that will stop your show such that it dies or is stillborn?

Dr. Market’s Observation:

If this score is a zero or below, there is likely to be extraordinary value if you can overcome the showstopper. The reason is that if you can overcome it, you might accomplish something in which others have tried and failed. The message of an appallingly low score just could be—persist.



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