My Little Hater

Recently, Jay Smooth over at Ill Doctrine posted a couple of video blogs where he talked about his little hater, referencing another one he posted on the same subject back in December.

As he says, this is a subject that definitely resonates with creative people and, I would say, especially for entrepreneurs, people who are in charge of something, who are running a business or a website or something they are passionate about. I’ve been thinking about this subject lately as I have noticed doubt creeping into my mind at certain moments.

One of these moments seems to be the morning, right after I wake up. I think about what I have to do. I think about my mountainous to do list and how I’ll never catch up on it. I’ll never make the money I need to make. I’ll never get ahead of the list and be able to not just maintain what I have, but expand. I’ll never be able to focus on just what I love. What am I doing? I’m lost, I’m overwhelmed, I have too much on my plate. Life is going by me, I’m getting older, what do I have to show for it?

This is my little hater. He gets me for a little while, punches me when I’m not looking, makes me hurt. But, I overcome him. And then I get back to work.

Patrick O'Keefe

Managing online communities since 2000, I publish a collective of websites known as the iFroggy Network. I wrote the book Managing Online Forums and, as a public speaker, have presented for organizations like CNN, institutions like Australian National University and conferences like SXSW. More about me.

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