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Having Haters Can Be Good For Business




We all know at least one person who is always on our case and have nothing positive to say, but always seem to know what you are up to. As annoying as these people are, we can use them to our advantage.

Here are some of the reasons why haters can actually be beneficial:

Use them to gauge your own success 

The more haters you have, the better! That just means more people are paying attention to what you are doing and may actually be jealous. Don’t get me wrong, we should not be doing things just to make people jealous, but realize that they are paying attention to you for a reason. That reason is most likely that you are doing something different or something successfully. Also remember that the number of supporters you have is likely growing at a higher rate than your haters are.

If you deal with them correctly, you build your own personality 

I always say that, other than my friends and family, my haters have shaped me into the man I am today. How you deal with hate and criticism is important in today’s world, unfortunately. It is the most difficult times in my life that have influenced me the most.

It’s so satisfying to prove them wrong 

I once told someone that I would be pursuing a leadership role. They responded negatively saying, “Are you sure? Can you handle that type of responsibility?” Lucky for me, that motivated me twice as much, and the following month, I took on the roll and killed it.

Cut through the noise 

Most of what a hater says is nonsense, but sometimes, they mistakenly tell you something that can help you. It is not always beneficial to completely tune the haters out. Unknowingly and (most certainly) unintentionally, they may let you in on a way to better yourself or your company. Use their criticism to your advantage.

“If you don’t have haters, you are doing something wrong.”

This is a widely shared quote. There are multiple versions of it but the idea is still the same. People get upset when you go against the grain. Don’t let them stop you.

“Haters gonna hate, taters gonna tate.” 

Don’t ever let it get you down. Brush it off and keep moving forward, because it’s in the nature of a hater to hate.


In reality, we do not need negative people in our lives. Life and work can be stressful enough, without having people say you can’t do this or you can’t do that. My advice is to cut as many haters as you can out of your life or avoid them if at all possible. That being said, when they are unavoidable, use them to your advantage.

If everyone who received criticism stopped what they were doing we would have no innovators!



This is a list of a few of the people who fought through criticism to become some of the most influential people in the world:

Benjamin Franklin, Inventor – Imagine what people thought about a man who thought he could make create light from electricity. He kept working and blocked out negativity. Now you see him on the $100 bill.

Stephen King, Author – His first book was rejected over 30 times. He went on to write The Shining, It, 11/22/63, and Misery. Many of his works went on to become movies and TV shows.

Walt Disney, Entrepreneur – You may have heard of his company. His first few cartoon characters, Mickey Mouse and the Three Little Pigs, were rejected when initially created!

Van Gogh, Artist – This artist struggled a lot during his life. He barely sold his paintings and became famous after death. People thought his work was terrible at the time, but you may know him as the creator of Starry Night, Café Terrace at Night, and his famous self-portrait.

Henry Ford, Innovator – He is the inventor of the first affordable car. He is also the founder of the Ford Motor Company. People considered his car a fad at the time. Boy, were they all wrong.

The Wright Brothers, Inventors – They are the aviation pioneers who built the first airplane. These guys thought that they could fly in the air like birds… how crazy!

JK Rowling, Author – Our dear friend Harry Potter may never have become a book or movie if Rowling didn’t keep pushing on. Her manuscript for the first book was rejected by multiple publications before someone picked it up.

Malala Yousafzai, Activist – Malala is a Pakistani schoolgirl, who fought for the right to education and equality for women. ISIS and the Taliban have threatened her life multiple times. At one point, she was even shot on her school bus. She didn’t stop. Malala is the youngest person to ever receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

Steve Jobs, Inventor – Did you know Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, was fired from the company in 1985? As we know, he later joined the company again and made it the powerhouse it is today.

Martin Luther King Jr., Activist – Martin Luther King Jr. faced a lot of criticism as the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He fought for what he believed in and his words still ring true today.


Moral of the story, haters are going to be here no matter what you do. It is up to you to move forward and continue doing what makes you happy.

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Why Amazon’s Second HQ Should Choose Nashville



Amazon's Second HQ

Nashville is amongst 20 cities being considered for Amazon’s second headquarters site. The “Country Music Capital of the World” hopes to boost their state’s job market with the new Amazon Headquarters. Amazon’s second HQ expects to invest more than $5 billion to build the 8-million-square-foot facility and promises to create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs over the next 15 years. Before any decisions are made, the company created specific requirements to be met for each city. Some of the requirements include a metropolitan area with over a million people, a time distance of 45 minutes from an international airport, direct access to public transportation, and to be able to expand 8 million square feet in the next decade.

The Unemployment rate is on the rise in Nashville. City officials have their sights set on the on the jobs that Amazon’s Second HQ will provide for 50,000 residents. “It is going to increase the size of the economy,” University of Tennessee Economist Bill Fox stated, “It is going to bring in a really highly skilled labor force that is not already there, a lot of community leaders. To have somebody with the worldwide vision of Amazon look at Nashville and say, ‘This is the place we want to be’ is really good for the brand.”

The aspect of new jobs may not be enough for some to welcome the online retailer with open arms. Residents of Nashville fear the new site would affect the housing market for low income families  in the process. “If you look at the size of Nashville, a headquarters like this bringing tens of thousands of jobs, it’s going to radically affect what the housing landscape looks like,” said Javier Vivas,’s director of economic research. Amazon’s decision creates an atmosphere for the conservation of gentrification not only for Nashville, but the other 19 cities in the running. “We have a housing crisis now and all this would do is throw gasoline on the fire,” said John Summers, a former Metro Council member who now leads the Coalition for Nashville Neighborhoods. “We cannot build affordable housing to replace what’s being lost by the rapid gentrification in all of our inner-city neighborhoods.”

The community of Nashville are now able to broadcast their opinions on Amazon. While state officials deal with the financial benefits, agencies and businesses within Nashville are now able to give insight on their city as well. This is why Amazon’s second HQ should choose Nashville.

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Why Amazon’s Second Headquarters Should Choose Northern Virginia



Amazon’s second headquarters

Among the top 20 shortlist for Amazon’s second headquarters, Northern, Virginia is not a stranger to the massive tech company. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have frequently conducted business in the region. Bezos is known to own The Washington Post and Amazon’s cloud service AWS is situated in a huge data center in the northern Virginia region. It is no surprise that Northern, VA is listed on the list. This region proved to be a safe home for Bezos’ businesses, it would only make sense that Northern, VA is the next home for HQ2.

While the nation waits for the announcements of Amazon’s second headquarters, speculations rise as Amazon employees crowd The local news-source for Arlington Virginia have reported major traffic from an internal Amazon site. The article reporting the county’s green building council had received over 6,000 page views and 3,500 visitors from an Amazon web page that is only visible to Amazon employees. Amazon’s interest in the community’s dedication to sustainability is predicted to help the company’s future development of a sustainable building of their own.

The area is surrounded by copious international airports including Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Richmond International Airport for Amazon’s consideration  of transportation. The bid for Amazon had reports of the Hub property as a potential site for Amazon’s second headquarters. This 85-acre undeveloped location is near the Dulles Airport, perfect for Amazon’s demands.

Amazon’s second headquarters

Amazon announced that they are developing a second headquarter of up to 8 million square feet in order to accommodate 50,000 workers. The plan to bring in 50,000 lucrative jobs to the new location will create billions of dollars in investment for the community. This opportunity for economic expansion does not come often, but neither does a perfect business location in Northern Virginia that is close to Bezos’ other businesses.

A possible site for Amazon’s second headquarters is on the border of Fairfax and Loudoun counties along Metro’s Silver Line. “We are very excited that Northern Virginia is included on the short list as a potential location for Amazon’s second headquarters,” spoke the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Sharon Bulova. “Fairfax and Loudoun counties are able to offer a great quality of life coupled with an innovative and business friendly culture for future Amazon corporate neighbors and employees. With our highly educated and talented workforce and a location close to Dulles International Airport and a new Silver Line train station, we hope we will have the opportunity to welcome Amazon HQ2 to Virginia.”

Small businesses and agencies within Virginia are able share their professional insight to Amazon now as well. This is why Amazon HQ2 Should Choose Virginia.

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Why The Second Amazon Headquarters Should Choose Toronto



Second Amazon Headquarters

Amazon is considering their first international city for their second Amazon headquarters. The bids for HQ2 have reached Mexican regions too but the tech company have their eyes on Toronto. Prior to this announcement, Toronto has been established as a major technology center. Their advancement will only grow from here, perhaps even more when Amazon arrives.

The city reported that they are not offering Amazon much financial incentives, but is offering a 100-acre land as a potential site for their second Amazon headquarters that is approximately close to downtown Toronto. Although this site is outside of the United States border, Toronto is the best option for the innovative company.

The mayor of Toronto, John Troy expressed how proud he was of the city when Toronto attracted Amazon without offering significant tax breaks. Toronto does not have to resort to selling themselves for the second Amazon headquarters, unlike other competitors on the top 20 shortlist. Toronto is already home to a significant Google engineering operation, a major artificial research center and quantum computing institute. Due to the massive influence in technology, there are plans to direct Toronto’s waterfront into a massive tech-city for the near future. This environment will foster Amazon and future companies moving to Toronto.

 Second Amazon Headquarters

The second Amazon headquarters require proximity to a metropolitan area with a large population for employment, mass transit, an area that is 45 minutes from an international airport, and an 8-million-square-foot facility that will eventually expand to 740,000 square metres over the next decade. Toronto would be an ideal location to attract talent from overseas. This move will put Amazon’s name outside of the United States and begin their serious international affairs. North America acknowledged the massive tech company’s capability when Jeff Bezos was announced as the richest man alive in 2017. After Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dethrones Bill Gates, the entrepreneur should look to invest in talent from overseas. This plan can start with a move to Toronto for the second Amazon headquarters.

Toronto holds a strong quality of life. Canada is notorious for their free healthcare, something that the United States is lacking. The affordable area is attractive to employees. “We’re excited to have this opportunity and to be able to tell Toronto’s unique story,” told John Troy. “There is no other place in North America that can boast the same talent, the same quality of life, the same vibrancy, the same economic strength.”

Small businesses and agencies within Toronto are able share their professional insight to Amazon now as well. This is why Amazon HQ2 Should Choose Toronto.

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