I heard this the other day. . . .
“Never fight with a pig. You get dirty, and the pig loves it!”
It made me laugh.
And then it made me think.
We’ve all experienced haters at one time or another on our artistic journey. There are plenty of spiteful, competitive singers and snarky industry professionals out there who want to tear you down to feel better about themselves. They’re so insecure about their own abilities and terrified of failing at their dream that they’ll do whatever they can to feel like they have a leg up.
When faced with a hater like this, your gut reaction is probably to want to get in there and defend yourself.
You want to tell them how wrong they are about you.
You might even want to give them a taste of their own medicine.
These kinds of people feed on the drama. When you engage, you’re walking into their pigpen.
Your power as a singer – your ability to perform and succeed at the highest level -depends on how well you’re able to move energy in the form of sound and emotion through your body, unimpeded.
How well is that going to go for you if you’re stuck in the pigpen?
You give away your power when you engage and trust me, your singing will suffer which is exactly what the hater wants.
So the next time you’re faced with one of these horrible haters, just keep your eyes on the prize. The more you focus on YOU – doing all the great things you do to ensure that you will continue to flourish on your journey – the more you win.