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Fire the Haters Jillian Johnsrud

Finding the courage to create online
in a critical world

Fire The Haters

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 guide book. 

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.  

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About the Author

Jillian Johnsrud

Jillian has been slowly growing her creative and entrepreneurial life since she was a teenager. About once a month she realizes she’s not cut out for this life and quits, but only for a few hours. 

Her work has been featured in Forbes, Good Morning America, USA Today, Glamour, and Parents. Her work has been viewed over a million times with it’s fair share of praise and criticism. 

She is a popular podcast guest, speaker and coach. She runs an online education company teaching people how to create financial freedom while building meaningful and enjoyable lives. 

Over the last 19 years of marriage, she and her husband, Adam, have adopted 4 kids, had 2 biological kids, traveled to 40+ of the United States and 27 more countries, lived abroad, bought and renovated homes, then became financially independent in their 30s. 

Jillian and Adam live in Montana with their 5 kids. They spend their time reading, hiking, drinking tea, watching their ducks and traveling with their kids. 

Fire the Haters Jillian Johnsrud



Like having coffee with your best friend

“Haters suck. But giving up on your dreams sucks more. Don’t let the haters win! Pick up this book and let Jillian help guide you through this beautifully messy place they call The Internet. It’ll be like having coffee with your best friend, only a best friend who also happens to know exactly what you need to succeed online.”  

         — J. Money, AllStarMoney


About much more than challenges from external critics.

“This book is about so much more than the challenges we face with our external critics. It’s about confronting your inner critic with self-compassion. And creating emotional boundaries with yourself, so that you can create content in ways that feel positive and authentic for you. When you show up as your true self, the world will meet you there.”

    —Cait Flanders, author of The Year of Less and Adventures in Opting Out


It's a Game changer

“I’ve created content online for nearly a decade and this is the book I wish I had at the start of my journey! The online world can be quite critical but in her uniquely empathetic way, Jillian cuts through the noise of what I’ve learned the hard way through much frustration and hours of lost sleep ruminating on ‘the perfect response’ to the trolls and haters.

Jillian’s concept of “You make a thing; you make the rules” is worth buying this book for — it’s a game changer.”

—Brad Barrett, Co-host and co-founder of the ChooseFI Podcast


This book is a Must read

“Legendary boxer Mike Tyson famously said “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” And creating online is a lot like getting punched in the mouth, repeatedly. When I first started publishing online I thought I had a plan for this criticism, but found out quickly how much those punches hurt. I desperately wish I would have had this book back then. If you create content on the internet, this book is a must read for knowing how to handle the inevitable punches coming your way.”

  —Nick True, creator of Mapped Out Money


Must-Read book for content creators

“Never read the comments” is the advice veteran content creators share with their newer counterparts. It’s great advice, but what do you do if you’ve already read them? Jillian shares how to expertly handle online criticism in this must-read book for any online content creator. From the What If’s to the anonymous trolls to the comments from friends and family, Jillian shares how to ignore these distractors so you can concentrate on what YOU do best – create awesome content!  

           —Mindy Jenson Bigger Pocket Money Podcast co-host and author


thoughtful guidance on what to expect

“The internet isn’t just a collection of hilarious memes, selfies and hot-takes.  It’s also a place where ideas are spread, communities are formed and millions of transactions are processed daily.  For this to happen, we need entrepreneurs, writers and creatives to have the confidence and clarity needed to share their innermost thoughts with the world.  In Fire the Haters, Jillian doesn’t just offer a heaping dose of encouragement, she provides thoughtful guidance on what to expect before and after you press publish.” 

      —Julien Saunders, rich & REGULAR, writer, speaker and digital entrepreneur


Honest and heartfelt

“Every worthy idea, innovation, and creative work draws vitriol and critics — and those trolls create a huge emotional drain. As creatives, we’re told to ‘toughen up’ or ‘develop thick skin,’ but how? If you find yourself shrinking in order to people-please, you must read Jillian’s honest and heartfelt book.”

   —Paula Pant, host of the Afford Anything podcast


like reading advice from a best friend

“If you want to be a creator, entrepreneur, or public figure, at some point you will encounter haters. There are two ways to deal with this. One: throw up your hands and quit. Two: read this book and learn how to ‘fire the haters’. Having overcome poverty, dyslexia, and online hate, Jillian teaches you how to deal with haters in a compassionate, empathetic voice and gives you practical tips that are easy to follow. Reading her book is like reading advice from a best friend or a sister and it will give you the courage to push through criticism so you can get back to what matters the most–your most creative, authentic work.” 

        —Kristy Shen, author of Quit Like a Millionaire


Thoughtful, empathetic, full of actionable information

“As someone who has received plenty of online hate — and constantly gets asked how to deal with it — I will now send folks to Jillian’s book. Thoughtful, empathetic, and full of actionable information. A great read for any online creator.” 

        —Tori Dunlap, creator of Her First 100k


a guidebook for a healthy, creative life online

“Jillian has proven, yet again, why her work is so powerful for so many of us. She isn’t afraid to tell the truth – whether it is a list of concrete ideas on how we can get out of our own way or bravely sharing the struggles she met along her path – and she does it with compassion and humor on every page. While her intention may have been to simply provide a guidebook for a healthy, creative life online, these truths extend well beyond the comment section of a social media account and into the real lives of the humans behind the screen.” 

      —August Cabrera, Writer


framework for managing fear and self-doubt

“As a creator and entrepreneur in the internet age, we walk a fine line between professional success and personal boundaries – not to mention feelings of imposter syndrome, fear and self-doubt. Jillian offers a framework for managing those feelings without cutting ourselves off from our creativity and our unique capacity to innovate, so we can still leverage all of our inimitable talent while protecting ourselves from overexposure and burnout.” 

   —Stefanie O’Connell Online Entrepreneur and Influencer


a refreshing perspective

“Everyone who dares to put their thoughts, heart and soul “out there” for all to see ultimately risks rejection and criticism of their work.  Many also have to fight even more daunting battles against their inner critic, or suffer from imposter syndrome.  

Like that supportive friend or mentor who has clearly been there herself, Jillian Johnsrud brings a refreshing perspective and an arsenal of practical strategies that enable us to overcome the fear and resistance that often accompanies putting our best creative efforts out into the world.” 

    — Dr. Peter Gallant, Professor and Writer


the book I wish I had when I started my online journey

“Fire The Haters: Finding Courage to Create Online in a Critical World is a book I so wish I had when I started my online journey. It would have saved me so much time and heartache. Jillian Johnsrud has written the definitive guide to coping with being a content creator in today’s fast-paced and often inhumane virtual world. A must read for not only the modern digital entrepreneur but just about anyone who creates online.”

     —Doc G. Host of Earn & Invest Podcast


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