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Dealing with the haters

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Dealing with haters and negative people can be frustrating. It’s often easy to ignore the waterfall of praises and compliments and merely laser focus on the one negative thing somebody said about you, or your business. Yesterday, a friend posted on Facebook, “The biggest thing for me, is learning to not take everything so seriously.” This came at a moment when I had been spending a good part of the weekend focusing and worrying about an email I received that I saw as negative.

It’s true; we can’t take everything so seriously. Especially naysayers, when 99.9% of the people that use your product or service have nothing but good things to say. It is so easy for people, especially entrepreneurs to look past all the praise and focus on the loudest person – the squeaky wheel. This is especially true on the Internet. The World Wide Web has given people a voice they would not normally use if they were not hiding behind a screen, miles and miles away from the source of criticism.

So, don’t let negative people drag you down. Ignore the nastiness and focus on your tribe, the people that love you. Chances are you are not going to win over the hater, so focus your energy on keeping your current tribe happy. If you are doing something right, you are not going to please everybody. There will always be haters out there, and they will find you. You just have to make the conscience decision to not let them badger you.

 

About Caleb

I'm the co-owner/founder of Bearded Brothers, an organic snackfood company. I love ultra running, rock climbing and cycling. I'm also a vegetarian, passionate about health and well-being.