Hate on me

Great post on Mashable from Tim Ferris today about the top 7 ways to deal with the “haters” when you’re creating something new.Without further adieu, they are:

  1. It doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it. What matters is how many people do.
  2. 10% of people will find a way to take anything personally. Expect it.
  3. “Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity.” (Colin Powell)
  4. “If you are really effective at what you do, 95% of the things said about you will be negative.” (Scott Boras)
  5. “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” (Epictetus)
  6. “Living well is the best revenge.” (George Herbert)
  7. Keep calm and carry on.

This great list brings to mind one of my favorite quotes from Guy Kawasaki from his well-known “Art of Innovation” presentation. I love it b/c it really frames what I consider to be the #1 challenge in a large corporation:

Don’t let the bozos grind you down. The bozos will tell a company that what it’s doing can’t be done, shouldn’t be done, and isn’t necessary. Some bozos are clearly losers–they’re the ones who are easy to ignore. The dangerous ones are rich, famous, and powerful–because they are so successful, innovators may think they are right. They’re not right; they’re just successful on the previous curve so they cannot comprehend, much less embrace, the next curve.

A big “thank you” to Tim and Guy for making thinking a little differently than colleagues seem okay. Even good. (And to Jill Scott for the incredible song that lead to the title of this blog post)

A final word on haters – and don’t watch this video if you are easily offended by the f-bomb or cursing of any kind (Mom, I’m talking to you) – Katt Williams’ take on why to learn to love the haters.

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