September 5, 2021
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Your growth will upset some people.

Oh hayy, 

Haters are a natural part of the growth of your business. The only way to avoid haters is to stay small, remain quiet, and never make a scene. And I know if you’re getting this email today, you’re not willing to compromise your voice for some online trolls.  

Recently, I posted on my Facebook page searching for a local personal assistant. Within an hour, someone took the post from my Facebook profile and shared it in a group intended for virtual assistants – people who don’t work locally. The post lit up with comments like “is this person allowed to have their own life?” and “I can already tell this person isn’t going to pay well.” 

Another commenter gleefully wrote: “Oh my god! I know her. Do not take this job. Seriously.” (I do not know this woman.) 

This was disappointing for a number of reasons. Rampant misogyny. Lies. Women bullying other women. 

But, sadly, this wasn’t at all surprising. As you grow, you will upset people who want you to stay small – especially if that growth includes building a team and paying people (very well, I might add) to manage things like household duties. 

Success is about showing up, doing the work, taking risks, and putting yourself out there – despite the hate. 

But for some people, success is a mirror. Seeing others achieve serves as a trigger. Instead of focusing on their own goals and being active participants in making those goals happen, it’s easier to be a spectator and throw stones. 

I share these stories because:

  1. I don’t want other people to feel alone when they get unfair criticism, and…
  1. If you’re here in my community, I don’t want you ever to let the haters f*ck with your flow. 

Keep striving, keep moving, keep achieving. 

Let ‘em talk. 

XOXO,
Susan

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