I was actually having a really bad day too. Not only was work crazy, we are about to head off into the cell phoneless wilderness of Vermont for a weekend camping trip. So there is the stress of planning it combined with running a business. Plus there is the whole me not liking camping part too. This was all just bringing me down.
I do love urban camping. That’s where I stay in a nice hotel room in New York City or some other metropolitan destination. Take in some music and good food. That’s my kind of camping trip. But I digress.
So, the stress was getting to me. And then, just when I thought I was going to crack, this hate mail came in and just brightened my day. I mean it too. Here it is (I edited the last word but I assume you get the idea):
It is said that you’re not really successful until you piss someone off. Look at any really famous person. There are always people out there who just don’t like them.
Shoot, I know people who hate the Beatles. The Beatles for crying out loud! John, Paul, George and Ringo. Who could possibly hate the Beatles?!?!
On any given day over the past 10 plus years at any given ball park, other than Yankee Stadium of course, thousands of people simultaneously ‘boo’ Derik Jeter. He is so good at what he does that 30,000 strangers will jeer him while he’s at bat. He’s smiling all the way to the bank.
To truly break through and make a difference in this noisy world, you need to have someone not liking what you do. Someone disagreeing with you. Name calling. Hating.
So when I got this, I have to say, it made my day! I was pumped. It turned my downer mood around.
So thank you Mr. Whoever you are. (He most certainly used a fake name and email). Thank you for showing me that I am most definitely on the right track. I will wear this as a badge of honor.
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