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How to make people angry at you
First, find a lightning rod...
This week's idea is on anger.
Most people don’t know how to get attention for their ideas.
They’re quiet and subdued.
Then there are those who do know how to get attention.
In fact, they know too well.
You’ve probably already guessed how they do it.
It’s a strategy that works…
They make people mad.
It’s a fact that anger travels fastest on the internet.
It's the emotion that makes people share.
You see something you hate… and you can’t look away.
There's a dangerous lesson here for people trying to break through.
It’s bad for society if everyone is constantly trying to infuriate one another.
But to be a creator, you also can’t be afraid of anger.
To what extent should you be willing to make people angry?
Last month, without quite intending to, I did just that.
My aim was to spark conversation, not provoke.
I find most of Ayn Rand's ideas challenging and disagreeable.
Some of her views anger me.
While the heat of the responses I got was uncomfortable, it did, in fact, start real conversations.
And because I believe in the free and open exchange of ideas, I am glad I put it out there.
If you want to break through, you need to accept that at times, you will make people mad.
If you define the values you stand for, and are acting in alignment with them, don't be afraid of emotion. Even the occasional anger.
Question of the Week
Have you ever been in a situation where many people were angry at you? How did you respond?
As always, please let me know what you think. What resonated with you? What's challenging you these days?
Until next time,