The next time you pitch to an investor, keep a simple thing in mind: this person is not a God. They are human and make huge mistakes just like you and me. The wisdom they do have (assuming they are experienced) is that they’ve seen many, many business plans and pitches cross their desk and have the experience of seeing many, many of their own investments take off and die.
This context gives them some insight to decide if they like you or not.
And just in case you ever think they are God, just read this article about the recent death of a Bubble 1.0 artifact. Read the big names. Read the big dollars invested. Read about the stupid expenses, then read about the big failure.
Then repeat the mantra: “They put their pants on one leg at a time”.