AskPat 874 Episode Transcript
Pat Flynn: Hey everybody, what's up? Welcome to Episode 874 of AskPat. Thank you so much for joining me today. As always, I'm here to help you by answering your online business questions five days a week.
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Chapin: Hey Pat. I have two questions. My name is Chapin Kreuter, and I have a website called SurfPro Techniques where I do online surf instruction, and then I also have a podcast on iTunes called Misfits & Rejects about lifestyle design. My first question is about the podcast. You are always referencing back to past episodes and you do it very effortlessly. I was wondering if you just had a photographic memory or somehow you're editing that in to make it seamless, because I have trouble remembering the exact episode I'm trying to reference during my conversations. In reference to my online surf consulting, how do I deal with the haters? I have a YouTube channel that sometimes gets non-constructive criticism, just people kind of just hating on my videos, and I don't know—since I do try to address everyone's questions—if I should even respond to those. Thanks man. I'm the guy who's always offering you free surf lessons, so anytime you want them, I'm in California, let me know—for your family also. Much love brother. Take care.
Pat Flynn: Hey Chapin, thank you so much for the question. I appreciate it. When it goes back to referencing earlier episodes, it's getting harder and harder now that there are a lot more episodes of course, but I can still go back and actually be pretty accurate with who was on which episode or what episodes were what topic, and I know them by the number. I was actually doing a little bit of research on this, because you're not the first person to ask, and actually the idea is just—when you are so involved with the creation of something, or you're so enveloped into what it is that you're doing like this—you can't help but remember certain ones, plus certain ones are brought up over and over and over again, and those ones are very easy to recall.
It's similar to my buddy who was a poker player, my roommate in college. Actually, he still is a poker player. I often have conversations with him about certain tournaments that he's had or has won or lost, and he can recall specific hands and all the cards that everybody at the table had and just like, what was on the river, what was on the flop . . . All the stuff, who had how many chips and all these things, and it just blows my mind that he could remember all those little details. But when he's right there in the middle of it and actually playing like that, you can't help but not know, especially when it's really your life. So yeah, so that's that.
In terms of the haters on your YouTube channel, Chapin, just know that YouTube—more than most other platforms—is going to be notorious for having those haters come on. It's very easy to hide behind a username and comment and not worry about anything bad happening after that, so what I would do if I was you is just focus your attention on those who are contributing to the channel and to the community. To those who are just haters, don't even give them any time. Don't reply. If they're being incredibly disrespectful, guess what: It's your channel. You can block them. You can remove their comments if you'd like. It's totally up to you, and there's no shame in doing that. I've done that several times on all of the platforms that I've had, because it's my home. Get out if you're not going to be nice to me. So yeah, spend all your time focusing on those who are there to support you, not those who are trying to bring you down.
Again, lastly, just want to thank you for the surf lessons. Not quite time for me to redeem those yet, but I appreciate it, and I will keep that offer in mind. Thank you, Chapin. I appreciate you. I want to send you an AskPat teeshirt for having your question featured here on the show, and for everybody else listening, if you have a question that you'd like potentially featured here on the show as well, all you have to do is head on over to AskPat.com and you can ask right there on that page.
Thanks so much, I appreciate you, and here's a quote today to finish off by Wendell Phillips, and that is, “What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step towards something better.” Awesome. Thanks so much, and if you haven't done so yet, head on over to SmartFromScratch.com, sign up for the waitlist, because starting June 5th you'll be able to take that next step towards something better and get involved with my course, and my community who's going to be there to help you validate your next business idea and get moving in the right direct. Again, that's SmartFromScratch.com. Cheers. Thanks so much. See you in the next episode.
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