When I first got started with my business it was hard to earn trust with the community. Who would pay for a workshop by a guy they’ve never heard of?
I had a REAL fear of rejection
I remember when I was first getting started someone told me they overheard a group of Social Media Experts (whom I looked up to) trash-talking my Social Media abilities at a Meetup.
At first, I was pretty hurt about it…
But then I realized – THAT’S AWESOME!
You see, if people are using their energy to hate me it means I’m doing something right! They are using their time to think about ME.
And I noticed something…
All the successful people I know have haters. The more successful they are, the more HATERS they have!
Think about it… Who do you know that you consider “successful” that doesn’t have haters?
Even Gandhi had haters!
Heck, I know a lot of people hate Kanye West.
However, it turns out he’s unarguably one of the best rappers of all time earning himself top SALES and INFLUENCE in the industry.
There is a particular song lyric by Kanye West that inspired my positive feelings towards haters…
“I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem
Or use my arrogance as the steam to power my dreams
I use it as my gas, so they say that I’m gassed
But without it, I’d be last, so I ought to laugh”
So, what I’ve learned is that your haters are the best indicators of success!
Do not be afraid of negative criticism by others – it’s a sign of success. They’re PAYING YOU with their attention.
I am very happy that I’ve been able to help dozens of business professionals earn haters through what they discovered at my Social Media Director program.
Social Media is the best way I know to earn attention and trust – and ultimately create a VOICE for yourself or your brand.
YES, you’ll earn some haters but you’ll make a whole lot more FANS in the process! (You can’t have one without the other)
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A digital marketing enthusiast who is passionate about publishing, startups and the creator economy. Matt is the CEO of Web Friendly and helps write, recruit and improve content across the website.
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