Hey RXCLP fans!
We posted it earlier on our Facebook page, but there is this wonderful article written by entrepreneur James Altucher about how to deal with haters. It’s a great read and great advice. We highly recommend it, especially if you have just been bitten by one of the trolls that live under the big bridge we call the internet.
That said, Altucher’s article and many other anti-troll articles out there often give the same advice: delete the trolls’ comments, and ignore them. That is the BEST thing to do, of course. But the unfortunate thing is you still need to skim the trolls’ comments before you know they are troll comments that need to be deleted, and that’s when most people get their troll bites.
If you are going to do anything creative and share it on the internet, you will inevitability be bitten by a troll. In light of this, we would like to offer a piece of wisdom we’ve gained recently.
To do a project like, “Street Fighter: The Heart of Battle”, you have to spend money, take risks, depend on others, and more. In other words, you have to step out of your comfort zone. But, as we dwelt on our own creative struggle, it took us a while to realise, for good or ill, we were making others uncomfortable too.
For fun, let’s imagine the Ryu X Chun-Li Project project succeeds–completely. CAPCOM decides to make Ryu/Chun-Li part of Street Fighter official canon. A line of Ryu/Chun-Li products is released. We get a Ryu/Chun-Li animated movie! And we see the characters get together in the the final episodes of Joey Ansah’s web series. Ryu/Chun-Li awesomeness runs wild across the entertainment world! Woohoo!
All the people out there who enjoy Ryu and Chun-Li independent of each other, all the people who have drawn pictures of Ryu and Chun-Li paired with some other character, all of them will have to accept the change. People don’t like change. It takes them outside their comfort zone.
When trolls who do not want to see Ryu and Chun-Li together get wind of our progress, they do so with the very human understanding that hard quality work by someone else often brings change–change they may be subject too. And this upsets them, makes them imagine life outside their comfort zone–a place where Ryu and Chun-Li are different–and that is a place they do not want to be. So, they lash out. Trolls like sleeping under their bridge and waking up to see things on their bridge are exactly as they were before they went to sleep. Disturb them and their world even a little and they growl at you and bite.
But this trolling, ironically, is good news.
No. we’re not kidding.
Assuming you haven’t let the trolls defeat you, the next time you’re out with friends you might want to show them your troll bite scars because, like it or not, for an entrepreneur troll bites are a measure of progress. You are getting bitten because your work is making the trolls–real people–upset. They are worried you will complete or have completed the task you have set yourself, and, contrary to what you might believe, probably envious of your ability to work and get work done too.
Whether your work is ultimately for good for for ill, history will decide, but a troll making an effort to bite you is a loud and clear message that your work IS getting done, your idea is becoming tangible. Take a look around. The internet bridge is filled with the wandering ghosts of so many unfinished ideas, ideas whose owners were unable to withstand the troll bites and other challenges that come with crossing the internet bridge with finished work.
But no matter how bad the troll bites get, take it from a team of people who have braved the bridge and gotten to the other side. The trolls will come out to bite you, but if you delete them and keep moving forward, the bites WILL heal and you WILL leave the trolls behind. Why? Because there are few things more awesome and spirit-recharging than seeing an idea to completion. As for the trolls, as long as they continue to spew their hurtful words, they will always be stuck in their place under the internet bridge in a perpetual darkness of their own creation. And when you cross that finish line, they will suffer because they realise the taste they got of you will likely be the closest they ever come to actually tasting success.
And one last thing, trolls only know if they got a taste of you if you reply to them, so… don’t. Don’t feed the trolls. Read James Altucher’s article, watch this, or, better yet, read our book instead. 😉
More next time!