“The best way to ensure you’ll never fail, be ridiculed and mess up is to stay safely home, in bed, under the covers, all the time.”
– Alain de Botton
Some time ago I got my first bona fide internet troll. He tried to post negative comments on every single post. No matter what the subject was, he wanted me to know that he didn’t like it.
Another time I made a guy so mad that he punched me.
On a different occasion, a girl spent an entire afternoon texting me about how much she hated my very existence.
I was once called an a**hole by a teacher.
I’ve probably enraged more people in the last 20 years, than the average person does in their entire life.
If you’re not making people angry, you probably aren’t pushing outside your comfort zone. Even “begin” activities like lifting weights and going on vacation draw haters. If you aren’t catching flack for something at least once a week, you aren’t living up to your potential.
This weekend I want you to make someone mad. You don’t need to walk down the street punching people in the face, or open an abortion clinic for kittens.
Simply choose to pursue something that will infuriate others. Stop eating sugar or quit drinking, and watch how most people react. It’s hilarious. Tell people about how you forfeit watching TV in favor of reading books, brace yourself for an onslaught of criticisms. Start a side business and watch people’s heads explode.
Have fun and troll responsibly.