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How Warren Buffett, Frank Ocean Deal With Soul-Sucking Haters: “Read more than you drink”; “Don’t ever forget the reason you started doing what you do”

HOW FRANK OCEAN, WARREN BUFFETT, AND OTHER BADASSES DEAL WITH SOUL-SUCKING HATERS

IF JERKS ARE BEING JERKY TO YOU, JUST “DON’T EVER FORGET THE REASON YOU STARTED DOING WHAT YOU DO.” THAT AND 5 OTHER SMART TIPS ON NOT LETTING THE STEEZ-CHALLENGED MESS WITH YOUR STEEZ.

BY: DRAKE BAER

As we in the career hustle know, the moment you start doing awesome work, you become become vulnerable to people stoked on shaming others. An example: look at the torrent of heinousness that surrounded Frank Ocean last year after he came out. So how to deal with haters? One option, as Neil Gaiman proclaimed and Ocean exhibited, is to make honeyed, soul-affecting music.

Frank Ocean, “Thinking About You”: A best practice for hate-resilience is to make strange, amazing things

But what about for the people who don’t sing soul? There is hope in the jealous working world, coming from Pioneers Press, the certifiably badass bookbinders from the prairies of Kansas. They recently blogged a few selections from their zine The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad, which is, according to author Adam Gnade, an antidepression handbook and a “guide to a freer, more lawless life.” As proponents of living well-lived lives, please allow us to curate a few of his more punching points below, cordoned off in helpful blockquotes.

1: “People will always shit on the things they’re scared of.”

So scare them. Innovation is heresy.

2: “Read more than you drink.”

Reading books is still one of the best ways to discover new things. Getting drunk probably isn’t–though a few beers may help you be more creative.3: “Learn the difference between honesty and being a dick.”

Feedback is hard to give well. You don’t have to be a world-renowned philosopher to present criticism that’s accurate, helpful, and adhesive–but it does help.

4: “If you live with monsters you’ll become monstrous. This can be good and it can be bad. You need to keep your perspective and know when it’s time to quit a bad scene.”

Like the epically avuncular Warren Buffett says, you become like the people you associate with: you are your network. If you only know jerks, find nice people.

5: “Don’t ever forget the reason you started doing what you do. When you do forget (and you will, if you get enough attention) find that thing again and get to know it. Have a second honeymoon with the things you once loved.”

When you’re wading through rejection, creation, and then rejection again, it’s easy to get burnt out–especially if you’re constantly comparing yourself to those that succeeded before you. To handle those inner and outer haters, Gnade says, find the reason that you’re doing your hardest work.

6: “Too many good ones are gone. Be the new good ones. And: You’ll always have critics but if you listen to them we won’t always have you.”

As our friend (and comparative mythologist) Joseph Campbell once said, if we are to give any gift to the world to the world, it will come out of our own experience and fulfilling our own potential, not someone else’s. So, just do it: Slay the vampires. And get the dirt off your shoulder.

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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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