I have a confession. But I’ll save it for the bottom of this post.
Let me start by painting you a little picture with some backstory…
I love Google, you probably do too. I use it many times per day. It’s my default. Looking at the traffic stats from my blog, people searching for “Ryan Blair” via Google is certainly one of the top organic traffic draws.
And that’s what bothers me.
When you use Google (and other search engines) they have a feature that offers up suggestions based on the words that you start typing into the search bar/box. For Google it’s called Autocomplete.
From Google: “As you type, Google’s algorithm predicts and displays search queries based on other users’ search activities.”
I’ll be honest, the second suggestion, the “Ryan Blair Scam” has irritated me for a while. Why? Well, because I know why it’s there. It’s not because people, real people like you, are searching for “Ryan Blair Scam,” it’s because the skeptics and the haters have hijacked my search in an effort to pull me / us down. They setup fake websites, they post on forums, the game the system, they try to create doubt and undermine the validity of what I and what ViSalus have proven to be legit, effective and trustworthy.
Sure, we all have our faults, I have plenty of my own. ViSalus does too. Sometimes we mess up but every time we learn and we grow and we try our best to do better. Our wins far outweigh our failures and that’s what matters most.
If you want to know about my mistakes see the chapter “Million Dollar Mistakes” in Nothing To Lose. If you want to know my position on direct sales or multi-level marketing, see the chapter on “Pros and Cons of the Home Based Business.”
We all have skeletons but I’ve taken mine out of the closest and put them in the book store.
And it became a New York Times and International best seller with all profits donated to charity. Read more about that via the Blair Foundation page here. [Here’s a pic of me giving Master P a check for Urbanborn to prevent fatherless kids from going down the same path I did.]
Does that sound like a SCAM to you?
So back to my confession…
When I see things like the Google search and the haters trying to hate, I don’t let it distract me from what I have been called to do. I use that energy, that irritation as inspiration to prove the hater wrong.
Because, when we have nothing to lose, we have everything to gain.
Do the right thing and don’t let them sidetrack you.
Introduce your haters, naysayers and skeptics to some good old ToldUSo.