You send out an email and someone writes back that you’re a liar. You post on your blog and someone says you’re an idiot. You create a new product and someone says it stinks and it doesn’t work. Congratulations, because you are doing something RIGHT.
If you’re trying to please everyone, you’re pleasing no one. People who are having a real and positive impact on the world are inevitably met with trolls and haters.
If no one experiences discomfort when they see your work, then your work isn’t having an impact.
Think of every successful person and company you know. Every single one of them has trolls and haters. And likely every single one of them knows that those trolls and haters are clear indications that they are on the right track.
Maybe you don’t have ‘haters’ after all. Maybe you have ‘fans in denial.’ It’s all a state of mind. Remember, when people hate on you, it’s often because you have something they want.
And here’s how to have fun with your haters: Realize that the less they like you, the more religiously they will be checking your page. So smile. And maybe write them this note:
“Dear haters, I have so much more for you to be mad at. Just be patient.”
A tiger doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.
Is someone trying to bring you down? They’re already beneath you, and they probably secretly wish to BE you.
So love your haters.
They are often a true measure of your success.
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