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Haters Gonna Hate

By: Michael Blankenship |

“Don’t doubt yourself, that’s what haters are for.”

– Turcois Ominek

Good morning!

Did you know that, two decades ago, archeologists stumbled upon “an exquisitely crafted prosthetic big toe fitted to the remains of a woman believed to be the daughter of a high status ancient Egyptian priest.” That’s 1,000 BCE. Pretty wild. The more you toe (sorry). 

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Haters Gonna Hate

In 1901, George W. Melville, Engineer-in-Chief of the U.S. Navy, wrote an article titled, The Engineer and The Problem of Aerial Navigation, in which he implicated the pursuit of manned flight as nothing more than a “vain fantasy”. 

Then in 1903, New York Times published an article titled, Flying Machines Which Do Not Fly. It called the attempt to fly a “ridiculous fiasco” and concluded, “To the ordinary man, it would seem as if effort might be employed more profitably.”

It even went so far as to predict that manned flight would require between one to ten million years of continuous efforts by mathematicians and mehanicians, “provided, of course”, it said, “we can meanwhile eliminate such little drawbacks and embarrassments as the existing relation between weight and strength in inorganic materials.”

Nine weeks later, the Wright Brothers achieved manned flight. 

But similar speculation was encountered regarding the practicality of flight for the average person — “The expensive would be prohibitive”, astronomer William H. Pickering said, “to any but the capitalist who could use his own yacht.”

Clearly, that statement has also been proven wrong. 

The point is, haters are gonna hate. 

And the more bold you are with what you’re doing, the more passionately your pursue whatever it is, the more nay-sayers you’re going to encounter. 

But their opinions don’t matter. 

All that matters is your drive, determination, and will to succeed.


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This Week’s Riddle

Here’s this week’s riddle — the answer is at the bottom of the email!

What is it that no one wants, but no one wants to lose?

This Week’s Journaling Prompt

Take some time to think through the following journaling prompt. 

Are you letting other people’s opinion impact your effort? Why?

This Week’s Challenge

Schedule some time to meet with someone who inspires you to be the best version of yourself. Grab a coffee. Or lunch. Or go for a walk with them. Who we spend our time hanging out with makes a big difference. 

Riddle Answer: a lawsuit. 

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