Ask Clay Anything: How to Ignore and Deal with Critics (Part 1)

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Have you ever struggled to deal with the haters and unsolicited feedback provided by enemies, family, friends and other members of the human race? Clay breaks down how to deal with criticism.


Show #1 Notes:
Make a list of the things that you care about.
Make a list of the people whose feedback you value.
Make a list of the groups of people whose feedback you value.
Make a list of the values that you value.
Make a list of the people whose call you would return if you only had 2 weeks left to live.
AMPLE EXAMPLE – Hobby Lobby versus Starbucks
Overhead Music
Handbook Values
Christmas or Not on the Mugs?
Fund Abortions or Not?
Support the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Parade or Not?

Put the things you care about into your schedule.
Schedule time for your faith
Schedule time for your family
Schedule time for your friendships
Schedule time for your fitness
Schedule time for your finances
Schedule time for your fun

Don’t listen to feedback from critics until you get your to do list done or until you live the life you want.
Block feature on your phone
Block emails
Block social media
Unfriend people on social media
Call family and say we’re done
Call friends and say we are never going to talk again

Podcast #2 – Title – How to Ignore and Deal with Critics (Part 2)

Description – Clay gets deep as he breaks down the 7 moves that all entrepreneurs must make to deal with the on-going and never-ending onslaught of criticism and negativity provided by other humans.

Show #2 Notes:
Make a list of the things that you care about.
Make a list of the people whose feedback you value.
Make a list of the groups of people whose feedback you value.
Make a list of the values that you value.
Make a list of the people whose call you would return if you only had 2 weeks left to live.
AMPLE EXAMPLE – Hobby Lobby versus Starbucks
Overhead Music
Handbook Values
Christmas or Not on the Mugs?
Fund Abortions or Not?
Support the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Parade or Not?

6. Put the things you care about into your schedule.
Schedule time for your faith
Schedule time for your family
Schedule time for your friendships
Schedule time for your fitness
Schedule time for your finances
Schedule time for your fun

7. Don’t listen to feedback from critics until you get your to do list done or until you live the life you want.
Block feature on your phone
Block emails
Block social media
Unfriend people on social media
Call family and say we’re done
Call friends and say we are never going to talk again

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:10

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” – Tim Ferris (Best-selling author of the Four Hour Work Week and an early stage investor in Uber, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “You either pay now or pay later with just about every decision you make about where and how you spend your time.” – Lee Cockerell (The former Executive VIce President of Walt Disney World Resorts who onced managed 40,000 + employees at Walt Disney World)

Theodor Seuss Geisel
The famous writer of children’s books that teach powerful life lessons and character building principles was rejected by 27 different publishers before landing his first book deal. The good doctor became known as the world’s leading children’s author and he went on to sell 600 million copies of his book.
2. Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett was famously afraid of public speaking and trying to convince people to do anything. However, he invested the time needed to take the Dale Carnegie speaking and communication course that he said during a BBC interview, “changed my life.”
FUN FACT – View the BBC interview where Warren Buffett discusses how the Dale Carnegie course impacted his life – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7gXaPY524I
3. Steve Jobs
1968 – FUN FACT – Age 13 – Steve Jobs cold called Bill Hewlett of Hewlett Packard out of the phone book and scored a summer job working in the HP factory.
1972 – FUN FACT – Age 17 – Steve Jobs and Wozniak create an illegal technology that allows you to make calls for free called the “blue box” and they attempted to sell them.
1974 – FUN FACT – Age 19 – Steve landed a job working as a video game maker for Atari.
1976 – FUN FACT – Age 21 – Steve and Wozniak create a computer that hooks up to a TV monitor so that average people can use it. They show it at the Homebrew Computer Club.
1976 – FUN FACT – Age 21 – Steve Jobs and Wozniak begin assembling the Apple I computers out of the Jobses’ garage and they begin to sell them to computer nerds. They sold 50 to the “Byte Shop.”
1977 – FUN FACT – Age 22 – Steve lands an angel investment from Mike Markkula after cold calling every investor in Silicon Valley and being rejected multiple times. Apple decides to hire Mike Scott as the CEO and Woz is forced to quit his job at Hewlett Packard and to join Apple full time.
It took Steve Jobs and Wozniak 5 years of working together to turn their business into a full-time job.
That is 60 months = 1,825 Days of Grinding
4. Sir James Dyson
Although Sir James Dyson is now famous for his massively successful vacuum cleaners and his continuous TV commercials, he was definitely not an overnight success story. In fact it took him 5,126 failed prototypes to develop the right vacuum for the Dyson vacuum cleaner. Dyson and his wife survived and her income for 15 years until the the vacuum company became profitable.

5. Stephen King
The famous horror author whose books are so scary I will not read them once became so frustrated with the book “Carrie” that he was working on that he threw away nearly the entire draft. However, Stephen’s wife found the “Carrie” manuscript in the trash. This book became the hit that catapulted he and his books into fame and fortune.
6. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was promptly released from the record label founded by Russell Simmons, just 3 months after getting the original deal. Since that time she has gone on to win multiple Grammy Awards and has become a pop music legend.

7. Walt Disney
Walt Disney managed to start and close down seven failed businesses before he achieved success with the creation of “Snow White.” When not owning his own business he was actually fired by the Kansas City Star newspaper as a cartoonish because they felt he lacked imagination and really did not have any good ideas.
8. Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts multiple times. He went on to create the first summer blockbuster with “Jaws” in 1975, has won three Academy Awards, 4 Emmys, 7 Daytime Emmys, and his 27 movies have grossed more than $9 billion.

9. Thomas Edison
The great Thomas Edison and his team created 10,000 failed experiments of the first mass-produced light-bulb before finally getting it right. Before he entered the world of business he was actually told by one of his teachers that he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He went on to earn more than 1,000 patents and to invent the game changing technology of the phonograph, the movie camera and other breakthrough technologies.

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