I think it is time for me to explain why I blog. I do it for fun. It sure as hell isn’t for any money.
When I a kid I would watch the news and spend my time wondering why repeaters didn’t ask the hard questions. Back in those days to engage in politics was to belong to a party, join a committee, go to meetings. The internet changed that forever, much to the chagrin of professional spinners who now have to contend with people like me who have a lifetime of political experience, are opinionated and have a rude and loud voice.
I don’t care if people don’t like the blog, it matter not a jot. I also don’t care if they don’t like me, trust me the feeling is probably mutual, and highly likely as there are very few people I genuinely like. Those who know me, know which category they are in, and yes there are some pinkos, deluded though they are, that I like and enjoy discourse with. Would I drink with them….maybe just one, would we be friends, i doubt it.
Which then comes to haters. These are the people who demonise a person because of their politics. They don’t argue the point or consider the debate. They are the ones who send me emails or post suggestions like get a job, lose weight you fat bastard or other similarly sand-pit type insults. Occasionally I post them so people can see just exactly what I have to put up with. The insults about depression or my business failure don’t hurt either, i have never hidden them and have always maintained an open book about my failings.
Speaking of failings, there is my academic record, Just in case my old English teacher reads this, which I doubt as he was the head of PPTA branch at my school, he once wrote on my report “A splendid exam result, achieved with little obvious effort”, which was his pinko, soft cock, back-handed way of saying I was a lazy student. I on the other hand took this as a compliment, that despite his monotonously boring teaching style and complete lack of enthusiasm for the subject I still managed to beat the next best student by 20 per cent and score 95% which necessitated scaling me down and him up so he could beat me. Both the other guy and I knew I was better at English but the fool ass teacher had to be right just that once. The problem was at school and later when I attended university to eat my lunch was that I prefer to do than read in order to learn. So according to academia I am a failure.
My schooling is, to quote Blackadder, “…a degree from the University of Life, a diploma from the school of hard knocks, and 3 gold stars from the kindergarten of getting the shit kicked out of me”.
So how do you, in this case I, handle haters. Well, Mashable had a post about exactly this. I will adapt it for me.
1. It doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it. What matters is how many people do.
Ferriss explains. “The 10 million that don’t get it don’t matter.” This is the point that Barry “Blue Pill” Soper misses when he attacks bloggers like he did on Leighton Smith’s programme today. He is the epitome of the 10 million who don’t get it. He thinks that the MSM are powerful because “people drive past the corner dairy and see the headline and then go in and buy the paper”. The logic of that statement today is laughable. The longer the MSM has this mentality the better bloggers will be able to infiltrate the news with stories. It isn’t about how many people who read blogs, it is about WHO reads them.
2. 10% of people will find a way to take anything personally. Expect it.
Being a child brought up in a political household I learned this lesson very early on. I was attacked, punched, kicked, annoyed, spat on insulted by teachers just because my father held a prominent position in the National party. It hardened my attitude to unionists, it solidified my belief in individual responsibility and gave me a shield to brush off criticism. I know that you can’t have everyone like you, nor do I care, and I don’t pretend that I can. Some of our politicians would do well to remember that you can’t win 100% of the vote, unless you live in a dictatorship.
3. “Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity.” (Colin Powell)
I don’t want everyone to like me, lord no, I can’t think of anything worse. One of the reasons I will never stand for public office is my personal dislike for most of the people I would have to be nice to to get in to office int he first place. I don’t care that Bill English or Murray McCully don’t like me, I don’t much like them either. I care even less that Labour politicians loathe me. That is a feather in my cap that they actually have to acknowledge that they don’t like me, it means that I get to them, and it annoys them enough to comment on it. The best day blogging I have ever had was when The Mangrove whined to the Sunday News
about me. As I said to the National party meddlers on the weekend, I’ll stop telling the truth when politicians stop lying.
I put hits on, I’m bloody good at it, and I will keep doing it. If the pollies and the crims and the corrupt don’t like it, then tough. There is no point in being second at anything and that means blogging. I don’t want anyone to ever say that they hit harder than me.
4. “If you are really effective at what you do, 95% of the things said about you will be negative.” (Scott Boras)
This is what keeps me going. The more pinko apparatchiks in the backrooms of the media/political parties try to spike me and abuse me, and call me names, and comment about my credibility the more effective I think I am. In short I feed on criticism, it fires me to hit harder, hit smarter, and to take out the humps in my way.
I said to Kevin Taylor on the weekend that either he was going to be part of the solution or become part of the problem, either way I was coming through and he could stand in the headlights as I ran him down or side-step out of the way. He chose the headlines and I ran him down. Let that be a lesson to him and others, I drive a truck in the blogging world and I prefer over rather than round.
5. “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” (Epictetus)
“Another way to phrase this is through a more recent quote from Elbert Hubbard,” Ferriss says. “‘To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
This now appears to be the philosophy of the National Party. It isn’t a philosophy I subscribe to. It is the most major reason why I will focus on blogging and steer clear of party involvement from now on. I know enough about Peter Goodfellow to know that eventually I will be proved right and that is it as far as I am concerned. I no longer about the party organisation, if they was mediocrity, then so be it.
“Cato, who Seneca believed to be the perfect stoic, practiced this by wearing darker robes than was customary and by wearing no tunic. He expected to be ridiculed and he was, he did this to train himself to only be ashamed of those things that are truly worth being ashamed of. To do anything remotely interesting you need to train yourself to be effective at dealing with, responding to, even enjoying criticism… In fact, I would take the quote a step further and encourage people to actively pursue being thought foolish and stupid.”
6. “Living well is the best revenge.” (George Herbert)
“The best way to counter-attack a hater is to make it blatantly obvious that their attack has had no impact on you,” Ferriss advises. “That, and [show] how much fun you’re having!” Ferriss goes on to say that the best revenge is letting haters continue to live with their own resentment and anger, which most of the time has nothing to do with you in particular.
I don’t get angry (much), and I definitely do get even (eventually) — But I do try focus on living well and that will eat at the hater much more than anything I can do. Every time I appear on TV or give an interview on radio, I know it burns the pinkos in their belly.
7. Keep calm and carry on.
The slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” was originally produced by the British government during the Second World War as a propaganda message to comfort people in the face of Nazi invasion.
Calm is something I do well under pressure. As my company was systematically raped and pillaged by my business partner, as I had to contend with him listening in on phone calls, double dealing behind my back, I maintained a calm exterior and maneuvered myself to the position of leaving with my dignity intact and him bankrupt.
The cost to me was physical and mental, but calm did prevail. Once I get through any initial anger to any issue, I always get into a cold calm and resolve and start to carry on and plan for my revenge. When I go quiet my enemies should fear me. Fidelity Life should be very, very afraid. I have never forgotten what they did to me, and I never will. A cold fury now drives me to destroy as much wealth of theirs in the same proportion to the wealth of my family that they destroyed. But it is with calmness now that I pursue them. They will pay, even if it takes me 50 years.