Length: 168 pages
First Published: 2021
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
After years of working as a personal finance blogger and coach, Jillian Johnsrud knows both the joys of creating content online and the dark side: trolls and critics. In Fire the Haters, Johnsrud helps creatives learn to set boundaries, silence their inner critic, and know how to handle online criticism.
First let me say, that having blogged for years, I can tell you that the advice in Fire the Haters is spot on. Unfortunately, Johnsrud under-utilized the power of stories to illustrate how her advice can be applied in real life, which would have fully rounded out this very short read (under 200 pages).
As it is, Fire the Haters would be an excellent book to hand someone in the midst of such an online crisis. Nothing can truly prepare you for the pain and anger you feel the first time you are attacked online, but advice like this can help you know how to appropriately react, for it does get easier with practice.
Sharing your creative and entrepreneurial ventures online can feel like traversing a rough and uncharted ocean. Full of setbacks and obstacles that might sink your ship.
Unless you have an experienced friend to help you navigate it. Someone who will show you the ropes and share the map. Pulling from the collective wisdom of creatives and entrepreneurs of every strip, Jillian compiled this guidebook.
If you ever wanted to go out to coffee and “pick the brain” of someone who has successfully navigated this creative entrepreneurial life, this is your chance. All for the price of two lattes.
We will deal with your three big stumbling blocks
- Online critics: How do you “fire the haters” and create boundaries online to keep you working, healthy and productive?
- Inner critic: From imposter syndrome to fears of what friends and family might think.
- Failure, fear, and finding the courage to create: Cancel culture, recovering from failure, and how to stay in the game.
About Jillian Johnsrud
Jillian Johnsrud is a public speaker, coach, podcaster, and author of Fire the Haters. She has worked as a personal finance blogger who became financially independent at 32 years old. She currently lives in Montana. Visit the author’s website →