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‘Negatism’ website becomes a hit by telling people what not to do

‘Negatism’ website becomes a hit by telling people what not to do
‘Negatism’ website becomes a hit by telling people what not to do
Paula Neal Mooney

As a pop culture reporter, I like keeping my ear to the World Wide Web on a daily basis to see where the latest trends are heading. Whether it’s news about the most popular apps that are raking in the dough each day, or the latest trends in devices, certain new and cutting edge Internet philosophies and viral videos don’t go unnoticed.

One such website making buzzy buzz in the online world is called Negatism, perhaps a hit because of the opposite approach the website takes in doling out advice to protégés in the digital populace. Instead of been-there, done-that professionals telling neophytes exactly what they should do in order to succeed in their careers, they tell newbies instead what not to do – sage wisdom oftentimes based on direct experience.

The advice is sorted and categorized based on what a web surfer might seek out, either financial advice, hiring concerns, or any number of other issues that could represent a challenging time in the upswing or downturn of a career.

“I thought employee management would be easy – it’s not. Take extra HR classes and be prepared for tons of employee drama,” wrote one small business owner in Spartanburg, South Carolina, advising untold millions yet to walk the same path.

Other recommendations are practical – like the edict from an entrepreneur who tells others not to put off creating a website for their own company or service, since it’s the first place people look. The financial advice tends to run toward the basic necessities as well, as business folks on the site explain how not having enough money left in capital reserves was a big mistake – along with not getting a line of credit from a bank back when they didn’t need one.

A few of the “negastims” get downright personal and interesting, such as the owner of a window company that spelled out a mistake in taking on a business partner who ended up being criminally prosecuted.

Of course, a portion of the blurbs still end up being great advice only slightly formed in a negative framework, such as not forgetting to take care of yourself as a business owner, because it can be a daunting job with plenty of hours – more than sole owner may expect upon launching their companies.

Many of the short quips are power-packed and represent the right-on-the-money kind of thinking that a lot of people in cyberspace no doubt agree with, such as having a rule to not hire jerks, or friends and family, for that matter.

By allowing business professionals to submit their own biggest mistakes and lessons learned the knucklehead way to the site, Negatism is building an online community and bank of knowledge that could help those who follow the ones intended for them – hopefully helping them avoid major pitfalls along the way. If not, the website just might be there years later, allowing the neglectful newbies to submit their own hard-learned lessons for others to avoid.