I'm probably not known for being the most positive and enthusiastic person on the planet. They are qualities I strive for everyday though, I'm sure you can think of a couple of people off the top of your head that you just love being around, generally because they are just so full of energy and friendly to be around.
Quoting a friend of my who is now a self made millionaire 'if I could help 1000 people, but it would mean 1000 people would hate me, then I would still help the 1000 people'. Being in the helping people business is not always as fun as it seems. The amount of blame , complaints and general negativity the general public wants to put on people who 'put themselves out there to serve' comes in high volume.
I've shared pictures of clients before on a social media and received the occasional comment like 'steroids' or 'must have skipped training legs' - do these people not realize they are not talking about my business but another human being and their identity.
I've gone from working on cars, driving trucks, moving furniture, basically anything I could do to raise the capital to start my business and although I love what I do, a serious ,passionate, committed trainer (or anyone who loves their gig) its almost a full time commitment. To receive the occasional question from strangers 'if you love it so much why don't you do it for free'.
Then when it comes to the all mighty dollar - fitness, health, image, sports, supplements. It's all serious money making industry and when fortunes are made (or not) I've seen it strain friendships, ruin peoples morals, make myself question is all this positive and something I still want to be apart of?
It's not all doom and gloom though. Some of the best relationships I have are through meeting people in gyms, there's some people I look forward to seeing everyday in my career, I have been invited to weddings - 30th's - all kinds of special occasions and have been mentioned in peoples speeches - simply from being their trainer. Not to mention I'm told regularly in person and online how much of a positive impact I've made to someones life - I say that as modestly as possible it still blows me away today.
So what I'm getting at is - if you're going to stand out, make a difference, be successful or at the very least try and do something good. Your going to get hit with the occasional 'hater' or cheap shot or what ever nasty or negative thing that may arise that you can't understand the motive behind it.
Doesn't matter , you don't need to , to paraphrase from the start if your going to help 1000, you'll get the hate of 1000.
I can tell you from experience, although it might seem like the hard road sometimes, choosing the positive and peaceful way, is always the better way.