“Steve Jobs is the devil” About 8,730 results (0.33 seconds)
This was an actual search I did just moments ago. And this was the picture that I found:
To be honest, it didn’t surprise me to find so many posts that included the exact phrase “Steve Jobs is the devil.” Why, you may ask? Well, constant reader, that leads me to my observation over the past few days:
Everybody Hates You…
…especially if you are famous or influential. There have been a multitude of stories recently about the iPhone 4’s reception issues. You can see a few of them here, here, here (this one’s from the WSJ), here, here, here, here, and here. I don’t expect you to read each of those articles, so here’s a condensed version of the conversation going on:
Public: “The new iPhone 4 is here!”
Apple: “We knew you’d like it.”
Public: “We LOVE it. It’s so sleek and updated and revolutio……wait, why isn’t it working?”
Apple: “What do you mean, it’s working fine.”
Public: “No it’s not, it keeps dropping calls and getting bad reception.”
Tech Guys: “We looked into it and it’s because of how the antennae is built.”
Apple: “You’re just holding it wrong.”
Public: “Holding it wro….what? Fix it.”
Apple: “It’s not broken.”
Public: “It is so.”
And so on and so forth.
This post isn’t designed to shed new light on the iPhone 4 reception issue, rather I’d like to take a look at how quickly we are to judge and make sensationally scathing remarks about situations we may or may not be involved in.
We Love To Hate
Steve Jobs, LeBron James, Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga (what, just me?), and countless other celebrities and mini-celebrities are hated on almost a daily basis. It’s like we have a drive to lift someone up and place them on a pedestal only to try and knock them off and watch them fall (Anyone remember Britney Spears).
For the last few days I, along with many others, have been following an online dialogue about a consultant’s right to ask for money for a “can-I-just-pick-your-brain” lunch. Disclaimer: I am not a highly paid consultant, nor do I work for one, nor do I have close, personal relationships with anyone involved in the following discussion. If you are unaware of the discussion, you can catch up a little with these links.
And throughout the conversation, there were a myriad of tweets going back and forth about the whole thing which I do not have the space here to repost. Let’s just put it like this: people agreed with both sides. Influencers all across the board from @Chrisbrogan to Peter Shankman (@skydiver) to Scott Stratten (@unmarketing) to Olivier Blanchard (@thebrandbuilder) and Christopher Penn (@cspenn) all pitched into the conversation referring to blog posts they have written on the same topic.
My opinion on the matter is irrelevant (I agree with the side of them that say their time is valuable b/c they have built themselves a business and a brand and you wouldn’t expect the same from a carpet cleaner or accountant), what was interesting was how the opinions were divided. Most people who are established in the industry and are looked up to as influencers and social media celebrities saw no issue with charging for their time. The other side of the coin was filled with people who are working in the field, but haven’t risen to the level of fame as the others.
We love to hate those on high.
Don’t lie, you do to. We all strive for the level of success where people’s opinions of us don’t matter and people are jealous of what we’ve accomplished. It’s the American Dream. You just know there was some guy on the Mayflower that said to himself, “One day they’ll be sorry. One day we’ll show ALL those Englishmen how great we are. Maybe we’ll even save them from Germany or something.”
There is good news though, if you have no desire to be famous and no drive to get there, you won’t. You will always be in the place you are, but for the rest of us, we will strive to be loved (hated). I read blogs every day and have a shelf of educational books I’ve read (and not read yet), and I engage in social media platforms because I want to be better. I want to get to a place where people ask for my opinion and want to pick my brain over coffee constantly. And I’ll tell you, when I get there, I probably won’t have a problem saying, “Of course, my rate is $____ per hour.”
If you are striving for success with me, I’m glad to have you on this journey. Hopefully we can learn from each other along the way.
If you get there before me, I’ll be happy for you……and also secretly wish that you burn in hell. But when you’re there, would you pick me up an iPhone 4?
What do you think? Should there be a price for success? What have you truly earned when you are in a place of influence?