Feb 10, 2019
There’s a lot of good that goes hand-in-hand with being connected on social media. People have been able to scale their businesses, or straight-up start fortune 500 e-commerce companies from the comfort of their own home. With unlimited connection, however, comes an even level playing field with whatever armchair critic might not like the cut of your jib. Whether it be a 140 character opinion, or just the filter used on your profile picture, you are susceptible at all times to the scrutiny of the, obviously perfect, internet critic. I have dealt with my fair share in the past, so if you are someone that can’t seem to catch a break, here are some things that I’d like you to keep in mind:
This is a point originated in the brilliant mind of Joshua Fields Millburn, but I thought it so eloquently put that I had to share it in this week’s blog. The internet troll is probably someone with too much free time on their hands. They either have nothing great going on in their life so they seek to ridicule total strangers, or they’re just bored and have a skewed moral compass. Whatever the reason for their comments or critiques you should understand that, much like a seagull will shit on a statue and fly away, it’s nothing personal, they just needed a shit.
The internet, and by default social media engines, don’t discriminate (allegedly) don’t favour one religious denomination over another (allegedly) and don’t favour one political stance over another (allegedly). While, on paper this is the greatest thing ever and we can all get together and sing our koom bai ya’s what this actually means is that some of the worlds smartest people have the same access as some of the worlds dumbest. You see, the qualifications for the Tweet University are a keyboard, a stable internet connection, and an email address. Once you have all that in hand, you can feel free to start educating the world on the vast reaches of the cosmos, share the history of the galaxy, engage in thought provoking discussion OR deny the spherical shape of our planet, post nudes, and denounce homosexuality, it’s your call really.
Much like the seagull comment, there’s either a bandwagon that is getting jumped on like primates on a king-sized bed, or a very angry individual who doesn’t want to invest in a punching bag or some pot. No one who has ever been “outraged” by a celebrity has ever wanted the apology. No one who has ever offered “constructive” criticism has ever wanted you to take that criticism. They are simply taking advantage of that level playing field, and using that unparalleled power to get under your skin.
Now, are there people in our lives that are actually trying to help? Are there peers on your Facebook that want to help you improve your work, or adapt healthy habits? Yes, of course there are. Most, if not all, are going to take the time to reach out to you in private, however, instead of putting you on blast for the world to see (we call these people friends and family). These people are golden, and are the ones you’ll be able to bounce ideas off of, and go to when you need a helping hand. Anyone else that just hurls critiques at you like a rotten tomato should be ignored because frankly, you don’t need that negativity in your life and nobody fucking asked you anyways Keith.
Bottom line, take all criticisms with a grain of salt. You can’t sit there re-evaluating yourself anytime someone comes at you over the internet. Take it on, and stay on the path. Those who matter will be in your corner and those who don’t will continue telling Elon Musk the world is flat.