We talk a lot about success in our blogs. And we’ve talked about being yourself in business and how that can lead to more success (http://www.mcbrideforbusiness.com/blog/following-your-passion). But one thing that is inevitable, if you do the right things, is that you are going to be successful.
As you become stronger and stronger in your identity, people are going to be upset with you. Some people are going to be upset because they don’t like your identity. The stronger you are, the more you’re putting force into who you are. And every once in a while, that’s just not going to sit well with somebody for some reason.
Also, people may become jealous of your success; they may see that you’re doing well and that your business is taking off. If their business is struggling, it may cause them to feel an internal conflict and that they should drag you down and put you back at their level. So, they’ll reach out and attack you.
You need to stay above the noise. Stay true to yourself. You’re much better off having a loyal tribe of people that love you and believe in what you do and the service you provide, then to have a broad base of people that are lukewarm about you. Let’s be honest, the lukewarm people aren’t going to be your clients. They’re not going to go out of their way to hire you. They’re not going to pick you over your competition.
The ones that love you, that see your passion about what you believe in and the way you are helping the world will be your clients. Those are the ones that are going to reach out to you. Those are the ones that are going to believe in your business and build a relationship with you.
Businesses are relationships and they should be deep because we’re all going to have struggles in business. We’re going to have errors; we’re going to mess up. Things are going to evolve. You need those deep relationships. Build a tribe of people that love you. Be honest and true about your values, your beliefs, your convictions and know that some people along the way are going to try to attack you and drag you down. Upsetting a few people here and there is just part of the process; you can rise above it.
What’s been your experience? Have you had people attack you? How have you stayed above the fray?
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