One of my favorite hip-hop sayings-of-old is “haters gonna hate.”
That is to say, if I’m doing something remarkable, others are going to be envious and negative about it. They’re going to hate that I’m successful.
Cultivate a healthy group of haters. Their passion indicates that you’re onto something. It shows that there’s also a group of people equally in love with what you’re doing, even if you don’t know it yet.
It’s easy to focus on the negative. It’s human nature, a survival mechanism that kicks in to tell us to flee from the bad stuff. It doesn’t serve us in business.
Still, it’s tempting to question ourselves at the first sign of negative feedback. Reflection is healthy, resignation is not. Fight the urge to fold, and always remember that no matter what you do, and especially the more successful you become…
Haters gonna hate.
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