"The lawyers say we can't do that. Now what should we do?" The founder lamented he was blocked. Laws got in the way of his making money. It was discouraging. A good, ethical idea ran into a maze of legal rulings and practice. Investors would not budge. So should the founder quit? What else could he do?
In this case, I suggested the founder go back home and re-think his good idea. Aim for a different way to make money based on the original idea. Be open to derivatives and alternatives popping up. Abandon the original business model. Invent a new one. Find a better way to make money.
Two weeks later, he was back. This time with a fresh way to make money. It was simpler, had strong barriers to entry, and was compelling to all parties, including the lawyers. The original idea was distant, but the new business model was exciting and the second market much larger than the first.
BOTTOM LINE: When you hit a wall, don't bang your head against the bricks in frustration. Instead, use it to think. Invent a better business plan. Think your way around the problem using your creativity. The second idea will likely be better than your first.