Guys, let’s talk about one of the hardest things for me as an entrepreneur. Actually not just an entrepreneur, as a person. I have really “thin skin” as they call it.
We live in an age where people share everything. Technology and social media has created a culture of opinion sharing and real time communication. Naturally, as an entrepreneur many of my businesses have social media pages since it is a great marketing tool. But being an older millennial I have seen what technology and social media has done to our society. It has changed the way we receive information, the way we interact with each other, and the way we share information.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not here to say that social media is evil or anything. Social media and technology has been a really important tool in the growth of all my businesses. I’m not here to complain about the negative comments I or my businesses get. But I know, hiding behind a screen gives people more courage. Trolls are out there that just want to be negative and put others down.
But I also know that I’m human – I mess up. A lot. Heck, most of the time I don’t even know what I’m’ doing. I’m by no means perfect. And everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I know that who I am and what I’m about isn’t for everyone. I’m not going to make everyone happy and I knew that going in to it. I respect that.
But sometimes, it just hurts. It just hurts when you know you’re trying your hardest and you make someone so upset that they have something bad to say about you or your choices. I hurts when you know you let someone down. Sometimes it makes me think twice about what I’m doing, if it’s even worth all the negativity, and if I even want to continue doing this at all. That crosses my mind all the time.
I guess I’m just writing this today because there’s been a lot of negativity going around. Not just with me but with others too and it just sucks. Like I said, not everyone gets me and I’m not perfect. I’ve been on the other side of the spectrum too as a customer/client, and maybe it’s because I’m in the service industry but I try to be a little more compassionate and understanding. I try to understand why things are the way they are. I try to show people a bit of grace. Even if I don’t like or agree with something.
That’s all. It’s just one of those seasons I guess. The thin skin will never go away. I don’t think I’ll ever grow a thick skin. People with a thick skin, man, I look up to you. I wish I could be more like you guys. I’m sensitive and I care about people. I aim to please I suppose lol! That’s who I am and I’m learning to accept it. All I can do is just keep trying and do my best every time. What else can I do right?