How to Deal with Negative People

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While I’d love to tell you that it’s all roses, a big part of growing your business has to do with how well you deal with negative people.

Here are strategies to counteract that negativeness.

Avoid them

The first recourse is getting the heck away from all negative people, even those who are slightly so, both in your business and personal life.

But this is not an option if you want to be successful.


Negative people are small-minded takers, and they will eventually wind up taking all your energy. With it goes your money or any prospects for getting more of it. Moreover, negative people bring chaos. Have you noticed that negative people always have negative things happening to them and its never their fault?

If you are at a standstill in your business, or you’ve had a bunch of clients leave, or you can’t seem to close deals, ask yourself this: Is there a negative person in the mix here? Probably yes.

Cut them off.

That means negative employees, family members, and clients. Put them in a box and ring-fence them to temper the negativity. For situations where you cannot cut them off, this may mean only texting with them instead of having a full-on meeting or phone call.

Now, realizing it may not be possible to eliminate every negative person, what do you do next?