How To Deal With Haters

This article about how to deal with online haters by Tim Ferriss was forwarded by a friend of mine, but now that I think about it, I’m wondering why. Does he assume I have lots of haters in my life? Is this simply common knowledge to those who know me? Hmm.

But I love his ideas, and #4 was especially thought-provoking. “If you are really effective at what you do, 95% of the things said about you will be negative.” (Scott Boras)

Actually, I had to think about this one for awhile. My first thought was, “Wow! I must be a particularly effective driver.” Eventually, I figured out what he was getting at, but I think the opposite of what he said is actually true.

For instance, I know nothing about plumbing, but if I go around the neighborhood fixing people’s toilets, I think 95% of what would be said about that adventure would be negative. Maybe not right away, but certainly after the first flush.

The other 5%, in case you’re wondering, would be broken down thusly:

2.5%    happy not to see my butt-crack. Because that’s not how I roll.

1.25%  thrilled that a contractor — even a bad one — showed up on time. Which is how I roll.

0.75%  relieved that I was there to let the dog out

0.5%    delighted by my jasmine-scented receipt pad

What do you think about these ideas? Am I right about #4? Why do you think George sent this to me?

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