People rain on your parade because they don't have a parade of their own."
This is part 4 in my "Burned At The Stake" series.
Burn Wimpy Salesmen At The Stake
It started with me burning wimpy salesmen at the stake.
I then posted it in a few LinkedIn groups and got a rash of sh*t from some folks in a Christion networking group...that I founded!
I'm in sales, marketing and consulting. I do "this" for a living and am paid to help others do the same.
When I'm online, 80-90% of the time I'm working. (Yes, as a matter of fact, I was studying the juxtaposition of balding dudes with pork chops, super models and cheap apartments when I was watching that Kate Upton video on YouTube...thank you very much!)
After observing the condescension, the self-righteous indignation and the vitriolic comments I received from the "well-meaning" members of my group it was nearly enough to make me want to throw away my MacBook Air forever and take up adult coloring. (But then I'd still have my iMac, iPhone, and iPad so I'd still be seeing the comments so I decided against throwing away my MacBook Air.)
But then it dawned on me. I have the answer for the economy.
As social media has grown—and with it, the ability of non-thinkers to spew their non-thoughtful ideas— the economy has gone in the crapper. (I know. The current guy inherited a mess. But if he's going to take credit for bagging Bin Laden shouldn't he take credit for the economy? But I digress.)
Knee-Jerk Commenters Should Be Burned At The Stake: Social Media Marketing In 2012 and Beyond
So here's my idea to turn around the economy: Create a "hate-alyzer" for anyone wanting to post a comment on someone else's website, blog or social media site. (Don't actually burn them at the stake. I know. I'm a pushover but don't tell anyone.)
It would be like one of those DUI thingys drunks have to breath into before they can drive their car. You can post a negative comment if 6 or more of the following are true:
- It's during non-working hours.
- You have no over-due projects at work.
- You are over-quota.
- Your company has not laid anyone off in the last 12 months.
- You've created original content of your own in the last 7 days.
- You can take it as well as you can dish it out.
(What's that you say? I only listed six? Oh well. It's my blog and my post. Write your own if you don't like the list.)
I think people are sad, stressed, under-appreciated, under-paid and instead of (or in conjunction with) drugs and alcohol (and actually working) they lash out on social media sites at the Doers of the world.
If You're a Doer...Keep Doing. The Nation Needs You.
So my advice to the Doers: keep *Doing.
My advice to the haters: Get off your high horse and get to work. Go produce something the world wants and needs and will pay for. Seek the advice of the Doers or at least follow their examples. Make something happen. Help somebody make something happen. You can be happy and stress-free (at least have good stress), appreciated and paid well. It's in your power and control but you have seek to build up rather than destroy. You have to see the glass as half full. You have to see the opportunities that this economy is presenting rather than the old technologies and systems it is causing to go away, by necessity.
It's never too late to make good things happen. The world, your industry, your company, your neighborhood, your family needs leaders now more than ever. Be that leader, even in the face of digital attacks.
Keep the faith.
(*Thank God Obama reminded me that I owe all of my success and brains and money and fans and children and winning lottery tickets and good looks and charm and humility to the all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving, all-efficient, all-health-care-providing government. I'll login to the "Entrepreneurial Department Agency of Agents and Production Guidance" tomorrow morning for my Doer Directives. You better do the same.)