On the journey of being a trendsetter, you may come across four
categories of people. The Validators, The Followers, The Watchers
and The Envious.
'The Validators' are people who are instrumental in attaining &
maximizing the trendsetter’s full potential. They most likely are trendsetters themselves or they appreciate it in others and are willing to encourage it in them. These are people the trendsetter will mostly associate with and/or tend to stalk them for lack of better words. Lol
'The Followers' actively admire and emulate certain if not all attributes of the trendsetter as they sometimes wish they had those qualities. In doing so, it validates/promotes those features in the trendsetter and keeps encouraging them. The trendsetter also loves being around such people as they see a reflection of themselves that
the follower has adopted or could potentially adopt.
'The Watchers' are those who passively partake in actions inspired by the trendsetter. They are typically uninspired, unexcited and not supportive of certain things the trendsetter does but they notice all. If the trendsetter pays close attention to such people, see them often, and/or hang around such people long enough, the watchers might pay them an unintentional comment. E.g “I always see your posts; they are very inspiring.” That’s how you know they are paying attention to what the trendsetter does.
'The Envious' try to bring down or belittle works of the trendsetter. They are typically inspired by the trendsetter but feel the need to degrade it and/or highlight a flaw. They will pay a compliment but add something they think you failed at. E.g “I always see your posts; they are very inspiring, I even told another friend that. But I think
you should always wear make-up in your videos. You look like you’re in mourning when you don’t ” A smart trendsetter will still pay attention to this feedback as there is always room for improvement. However, this might not be someone the trendsetter might elicit feedback from or choose associate with.
In summary, all these categories of people play a major role in a trendsetter's development. However, the ability to discern and know how to extract the values of each opinion is very crucial.
~Inspired by my hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ~