A good few weeks ago a reader sent me a question wondering about a business owner whose products I sometimes promote.
This business owner clearly has very different personal values than I do and the reader wondered how I reconcile that in my mind as the business owner uses profanity and is very woo-woo, and the reader knows I’m a Christian.
I loved this email and this is my response:
Most business people I follow don’t have exactly the same beliefs as I do. The way I approach this is in a two-pronged way:
1. I listen to my intuition.
Sometimes I land on a person’s site, read just a paragraph and know that this is not the place for me, and I click out. Easy-peasy.
This is usually a person who is vastly different to me and the way I do things.
2. I notice whether I’ve found value in their content or not
Sometimes I find value in about 70 – 90% of what I read/ listen to, and I’m happy to toss out the 10 – 30% if overall the person’s online content sits well with me.
I follow this scripture and it’s stood me in good stead for 21 years. Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
When I don’t feel right inside, I move on, unsubscribe, etc. I’ve done this a lot over the years.
I will also only work with coaches personally if I resonate with them. As should you!
Some things are an immediate trigger for me and some things aren’t.
For this particular businessperson, I don’t watch the videos where profanity is free and if I read a blog post with a lot of f-words seemingly just for shock value, I close the post and mark it as read. And obviously, I’m not at all woo-woo so all of that I just ignore and move on.
It’s important to note that the things this person puts out without any woo-woo overtures are very solid business advice, advice I have personally benefited from (otherwise I wouldn’t promote that product).
In one product, the entire thing is amazing and there was one page of oracle readings (whatever those are :)). I just ripped out that page and carried on using the rest. Done.
I hope this helped you, dear reader. I really loved your question very much!
(I asked the reader if I could post the question on the blog, masking the identity, and the reader agreed, but also asked that I protect the business owner’s identity, which I think is a fair trade :))
Please share with me how you filter content that doesn’t sit well with you.
And last but not least, some lovely links for the weekend:
1. This was very interesting to read. The daily habits of geniuses.
2. Read the bit about when you start with intention
3. And….a friend sent me this Youtube video. I love Jerry Seinfeld. He uses a word starting with a c (not clutter!) in this clip so be aware.