The last five years in Myanmar has been an amazing ride…both in terms of gaining experiences, good as well as bad, but also in the way of seeing things change, country as well as people. Doing business is one way to interact with corporates, governments and individuals.

With this and a few more blogposts I want to share some more indepth topics faced.

With the growth of social media, especially in Myanmar, everyone notice there is more open hate expressed – against both businesses and people…In Myanmar we saw Shangri-La being attacked due to a power cut that affected the chief region minister (like a powercut would be strange in Yanogn???)…and we are getting our share of hate comments such as after the latest car of the year award from disappointed chinese brands…. I have realised that interacting with them doesn’t help, it puts oil on the fire..and then today I was reading articles and stumbled upon these posts:

Benjamin Hardy mention it in his blogpost:

You will know your work has merit when someone cares enough to give unsolicited critique. If something is noteworthy, there will be haters. As Robin Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, has said, “haters confirm greatness.” When you really start showing up, the haters will be intimidated by you. Rather than being a reflection of what they could do, you become a reflection of what they are not doing.

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Haters are a natural part of the growth of your business. When you’re new there will be critics, when you’re good there will be haters, and when you’re excellent they will turn into admirers. The question is: Are you willing to be attacked and criticized as a person to grow your brand?

There is one way to avoid having haters. Sit on the sidelines, do nothing, don’t set goals, be average and no one will judge or hate you.

Criticism and hate are the price you pay for taking your business to the big time. So don’t let the sound of your haters overwhelm you, you only give them power if you listen to what they say. Ignore the noise and use your haters as fuel for the fire. They’re hating you because you’re on to something and are doing big things. In a way they are one of the greatest forms of feedback you can get.

I think the most important point here is to be able to take it, to accept being attacked and still push forward with what you think is the right thing. What probably makes it difficult for many is that it is usually the haters that are heard, the positive ones are normally not that active in expressing their support so they get drown out in the few noisy haters out there. So finding the few supports you have that validate you are on the right track can help a lot together with your own selfconfidence. For me, I absorb the energy and it fuels me, no matter if it is positive or negative. Haters even motivate me to work harder.