Haters

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Seth Godin tells a story about the first host of the Tonight Show, Steve Allen.

He explains that one night, as Steve was doing a monologue, he saw a person in the audience who wouldn’t clap. As he focused on the one person in the room who, he thought wasn’t enjoying the humor he devised a plan. As the bit drew on, nothing he did could get this person to clap. Steve, who was entertaining everyone else in the room, decided to go into the audience and ask the one person why they weren’t applauding the great comedy that was happening right before them.head-1345060_640

As he made his way into the crowd he had the house lights turned up. While the entire crowd watched to see what Steve was going to do, he approached the chair this person was in, drawing the crowds full attention. Just before he could really lay into the malcontent, he saw the real situation.

The person had no arms.

Mark Twain said-

I am an old man and I have know many troubles, most of which never happened.

If you are starting something new, or big, or different, there will be people who don’t understand. There will be people who don’t cheer you on and there will be critics.

Don’t focus on the haters.

They may never be able to cheer the way you want them to. Find the people who love what you do.

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