And by drinking I mean we used to drink alcohol in the way that many British and Irish people tend to do…with the aim of getting outrageously drunk.
Now I am not saying it was to the extent of the people I wrote about on Thursday’s post but we really did get very, very drunk indeed.
My friend Shane and I, both newspaper men working for rival tabloid publications, would generally start off by drinking pints of Guinness, maybe switch to lager mid-way through the evening and always end up drinking whiskey by the end of the night.
We would stop drinking, not when we thought we had enough, but when “last orders” were called and it was time to stagger home.
I know that Shane and I had great conversations during those sessions…some of which I can even remember.
One thing he would often say to me was this:
“Never underestimate the capacity of the Irish for begrudgery.”
By that he meant that there is a certain trait amongst the Irish (and I suspect amongst many more nations too) to resent and envy the successes of others.
And during my three-year stay in Ireland I saw first hand examples of that time and time again.
People would moan and snipe and gossip about anybody and everybody who was doing well for themselves. To listen to this sort of talk was both comical and tragic at the same time.
I was reminded of this when I attended Monday night’s T3 seminar when Jon Olson told of the downside to being successful online.
He told how TimTech had angered a lot of established marketers by allowing its members to launch Click Track Profit rather than handing out joint venture invites to the chosen few.
Jon told how TimTech still gets flak from people for daring to be different, for sticking out from the crowd and for challenging accepted norms.
He also warned other up and coming marketers that they should prepare to face similar displays of criticism and hatred when they became successful.
|“People are not always going to like what you do and when you dare to stick out from the crowd others will point the finger at you.“When you stick out you are going to get attacked and you are sometimes going to have to go to war with people in the process.
“You may find you are threatened with being sued and will be called all sorts of names along the way so you will have to have a strong grip on what you are doing and a passion to keep going.
|“You will get the haters when you start getting successful because seeing your success makes some people nervous. You should almost welcome the haters because that means you are doing something right so keep doing those things right.“In 2012 you must ‘Say No To The Status Quo’.
“Remember that you are someone with abilities, skills and talents and we want to see more people like you becoming successful.”
So as you prepare for a successful 2012 the best thing to do is to concentrate on you and what you are doing.
As for those who don’t like you or seek to do you harm?
Well you can either spend all your time and energy in the futile attempt of trying to win them over or you could ignore them and concentrate on those who actually want to connect with you and do business with you.
I know which option I prefer.