Do you hide at home because you are afraid if you step outside someone will mug you? Do you avoid public places in fear of falling victim to a random crime? Do you lower your eyes and walk quickly past strangers in hopes they will not see you, and not verbally...

Do you hide at home because you are afraid if you step outside someone will mug you? Do you avoid public places in fear of falling victim to a random crime? Do you lower your eyes and walk quickly past strangers in hopes they will not see you, and not verbally attack you? If you answered yes to these questions, then by no means should you join Facebook, create a Twitter account or start a blog.

You must be ready to engage in dialogue in order to be part of what everyone is calling social media. Part of that process does involve opening yourself up to negative comments, or even hate speech. Surprisingly, people behave online much as they do in real life, preferring to stay positive and be kind. However, there will always be a few people who will look for opportunities to attack, or complain, or take things personally, or to criticize in order to make themselves feel better. Tactics for dealing with haters was nicely covered by Tim Ferriss and I recommend you take a look, and remember, we all have to deal with it. If we all refuse to be afraid or to acknowledge the few who seek to intimidate and bully (usually anonymously which I find ironic), then we will all be part of forward positive progress.

My favorite tip from Ferriss is actually a quote from Colin Powell, "Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity".

Share on Twitter or Facebook Published May 19th 2010