FLETCHER: There is this article in Town Hall, the 15 most annoying things about American culture. Number one on that list, it tells you just how predominant this would become in our society, how little mush cookies everybody has become. Everyone is offended by everything. That’s the number one most annoying thing about American culture. Because if one person gets their feelings hurt, if one person is offended, this is what Roger Goodell said, NFL commissioner, “If one person is hurt, if one person is offended, then we have to listen, we have to open up that debate.”

You can’t turn on the TV or watching a sporting event now without hearing about the red skins. He said it, Goodell, “If one person is offended, then we have to listen, then we have to open up the debates and we have to hear this people side of it.” Really, one person is offended? My question is this, ‘Where the hell do people find all of the time to be offended?'” If you’re an entrepreneur, if you’re a business owner, let’s just go from this, what time do you get up in the morning?

SLOPER: Four-forty five.

FLETCHER: What time do you close down shop at night?

SLOPER: I normally end the evening planning what I’m going to do, writing down the things I got to do the next day and probably reading for about 20 minutes, so typically between 9:30 and 10:00.

FLETCHER: So you have to find somewhere to get offended while you dream. How many different companies are you currently operating?

SLOPER: That I have some sort of taken of three.

FLETCHER: Here is the point that I want to make. It has to do directly with real estate, it has to do directly with business, it has to do directly with being an entrepreneur. If you have achieved anything, people will be offended by you, and they’re going to try to tear you down, they’re going to try to attack you, and they’re going to try to criticize you. It doesn’t matter what you do, you could do everything right, but you’re going to offend more than one person.

Rush Limbaugh has said it, “If you can get half of the country to hate you and half of the country to love you, you’re going to be a very rich person.” If you look at every successful person they have that in common. Steve Jobs, one of the most criticized CEOs ever. He offended a lot of people, but it’s the key to success, because if you have a message, you’re going to offend somebody. If you speak up about your beliefs, you’re going to offend somebody.



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