This article is filed under the “Personal” section and is written in the hope that it will help some of you (critics especially) to understand me a little better. There is method behind my madness…
Last year I read the most amazing blog article by my “business guru”, Timothy Ferriss. I’ve been meaning to share it with you. It helps explain one of my motivations behind my blogs.
The original inspiring article is entitled “The Benefit of Pissing People Off” and is hosted here.
Tim’s key point – and mine- is this:
You don’t change the world by being nice.
Think for a moment about the people who have changed the world. Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr… These people changed the world. Have you noticed how visionary leaders are usually controversial and often widely disliked in their own time.
The point I’m making is, the people we admire are the people who changed the world with their words. They aren’t usually people who “play nice”. This is an article about how to be someone who can change the world – without getting imprisoned or assassinated.
Anyone who’s known me longer than about 10 minutes knows that I’m not afraid to speak my mind. And yes, I’ve made a few enemies, especially last year when I launched my old blog. (I am specifically referring to my public statements about another healing technique being dangerous. Controversial, but I was speaking my truth.)
Was it worth it? Hell yeah! Why? Well quite simply, you don’t change the world by making friends. You change the world by taking responsibility and speaking your truth. Doing this stirs up people who are making money from the status-quo, and this can make you a few enemies.
As Tim Ferris said in his blog:
Doing anything remotely interesting will bring criticism. Attempting to do anything large-scale and interesting will bring armies of detractors and saboteurs. This is fine – if you are willing to take the heat. …
Colin Powell makes the case: pissing people off is both inevitable and necessary. This doesn’t mean that the goal is pissing people off. Pissing people off doesn’t mean you’re doing the right things, but doing the right things will almost inevitably piss people off. …
Let the critics criticize. It’s the builders who count.
I have friends who are into alternative-energy production. They seriously threaten the coal industry, and they get lots of threats. I have friends that worked out how to run cars on the smell of an oily rag, and they seriously piss off the oil industry. I have friends dedicated to exposing the connection between childhood vaccines and autism, and they made a lot of enemies in the medical and drug industry. And I decided to speak the truth about a healing technique that isnt safe.
And guess what? I made plenty of enemies out of my friends in that community. Why? Well if people hear me out then they won’t make money selling stuff that doesn’t work. Coal, gas, vaccines containing mercury, Theta Healing… these are entrenched powers, money making enterprises (big or small) selling stuff that’s bad for your health.
They will fight to defend their territory, and you probably wont make friends speaking up about it. I’ve had lots of nasty and untrue things said about me since I started speaking my truth. At first this upset me, but then I saw the bigger picture.
I took a lot of comfort from the Fortune magazine article quoted in Tim’s blog post: “If you are really effective at what you do, 95% of the things said about you will be negative. Keep your head on straight, don’t get emotional, take the heat, and just make sure your clients are smiling.”
Well I’m a long way off having 95% negative said about me. At worst it’s 50/50! I guess I have a lot of work still to do to change the world!
So ladies and gentlemen, I invite you to change the world. Let go of caring what people say about you, that’s just ego anyway. Speak your mind, express your truth, and the world will be a happier place.
I highly recommend you read Tim’s full article and blog, and go out there and speak your mind! Create your own blog (it takes 15 minutes) and share your Truth.
I invite you to share your thoughts below, and use the comments section to link to your own blog (tell us what it’s about).