“One of my biggest business flaws was perhaps starting off with a fairly low self-esteem. Because of that, I catered toward people who were whiny, wanted free stuff, and never had any intent of buying anything. Being naive, and wanting to be liked too much, I catered to such worthless people…”
Of course, ‘worthless people’ is putting it a bit strongly – I mean, someone isn’t worthless just because they don’t want to give you money… your friends, or people you can share ideas with, or a drink, or links etc.
But at the end of the day, I’ve had more experience than most with people who aren’t prepared to shell out the price of a cup of coffee a month for what you provide them – but are more than happy to moan, whinge and be aholes about what you have done for them (or what you might be asking them to charge for).
It’s a perspective, a matter of values and a matter of personality.
More reading on this if yer interested: The Economics of Giving it Away & When Talking About Business Models, Remember That Profits Equal Revenues Minus Costs.