Haters is a popular term used to describe people who are not supportive or not encouraging. It also gets used quite a lot to label people who don’t agree with what a person does. Whilst there are people who don’t want to see you win there are also many people who simply don’t care or in fact are offering valid feedback but because people don’t want to accept their points they label them as haters.
Not everyone who shares a contrary opinion/reaction to something you do is a hater.
Some people are trying to offer feedback, albeit they might not be communicating the feedback effectively, but that doesn’t make them haters. It just makes them individuals with opinions.
— Ronke Lawal (@ronkelawal) June 19, 2019
I used the term when I was younger and still do sometimes colloquially, usually as a joke but I don’t spend too much time thinking about whether I have haters or not. In fact the only people who I feel have a valid right to highlight the fact that they have haters are 90s rappers and reality TV stars. There will always be people who don’t like you or like what you do, that is life, calling them haters doesn’t change that fact and quite often it leads to a barrier of communication. What if the people who are being labeled as haters have a point, what if there is something that could be improved in whatever area of business you’re operating in. Do you really have haters or are you seeking validation from everyone? In business in particular, I cringe when I see founders/CEOs address their critics as “haters” publicly, to me that shows that the individual in question has taken a business interaction personally and can really damage their reputation in the long run.
In this video I address this concept and how/why we really should let it go.