10 Ways to Make Yourself (and Your Family) "Uncancellable"
It'll probably never happen, but it's always good to be prepared.
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It’s defined as “modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – whether it be online, on social media, or in person. Those subject to this ostracism are said to have been ‘cancelled’.”
Cancel culture doesn’t care if you’re politically Left or Right, male or female, rich or poor. No one’s immune from getting cancelled.
Mike Lindell too.
Central Park Karen? Cancelled.
Same fate for former President Donald Trump as well.
Getting cancelled affects your ability to earn an income.
It impacts your relationships.
It’s the digital version of the mob mentality.
Like me, you’ll probably never have to worry about being cancelled on a national/global stage. But I wanted to give you 10 ways you can begin to make yourself "uncancellable.”
I’ve taken each one of these steps personally. It’s not airtight (yet). But each step puts a little more control into your hands—instead of the angry mob.
10 Ways to Make Yourself Uncancellable
10.) Multiple revenue streams
Create multiple streams of revenue outside your primary source of income (the more passive the better, spread out across different industries). I have six different income streams across four different industries:
Affiliate / referral marketing
Revenue sharing from business investments
Regular income from main business
Some of these involve relationships with other people. Some don’t. This diffuses the risk of concentrating all my income into one spot.
9.) Family Trust
Put everything you own (house, car, assets, etc.) into a family trust.
Heads up: this took a while to complete. But it was so worth it. I won’t get into the boring legal details. But if someone were to ever come after you / your stuff, you’d have significant protection by not “owning” anything.
A good attorney can walk you through this strategy. Don’t do it without one.
Use a VPN — even at home.
Internet service providers (ISPs) can see every site you visit. You don’t have to be looking at “bad stuff” to see how this could lead to an unfavorable outcome for you. The long arm of the law (and a divorce lawyer or two) has been known to tap ISPs on the shoulder and say, “hey gimme the browsing history of your customer…or else.”
So they do.
A VPN is essentially the cup game but for your internet traffic. Your ISP can’t see what sites you’re visiting—assuming you choose the right one (I recommend ProtonVPN). Frankly, it’s no one’s business but your own what websites you go to (assuming you’re not some weirdo perv).
Build or join a community of like-minded individuals who'll have your back no matter what.
The nature of cancel culture is to isolate, demonize, and ostracize. Think of it like a social leprosy. Cancel culture seeks to make you “unclean” so no one but your dog wants to be around you.
When you’re a part of a supportive community it reduces or eliminates the pain of ostracism. This could be a church or faith community. A group of friends. Or even a close-knit online community.
6.) Your House
Own your home (or have enough cash saved up where you could write a check at a moment's notice).
Obviously this is easier said than done. Getting cancelled seems like it really sucks. But imagine having the assurance that “come what may” I always have a place to lay your head at night.
5.) Open-Source Software
Use open-source applications as much as humanly possible (even better if they're end-to-end encrypted).
If you have an iPhone or an Android-based phone, most of the software has a single point of failure. Open-sourced (aka decentralized) apps & systems spread the risk out so there’s no centralized point of failure.
This applies for consumers and creators alike. Apple’s App Store notoriously yanked a popular social networking app from its digital shelves. They’ve since been allowed back in, but the company hasn’t ever recovered.
4.) Delete Personal Info
Use a service like DeleteMe to delete as much of your personal info as possible off the web.
When I first joined DeleteMe, I was legitimately stunned by how much of my personal information was just…out there…waiting to be tracked down. A simple Google search revealed family members, past addresses, financial information, and more. While the accuracy was iffy, it still creeped me out.
Data brokers will sell your information to anyone with a pulse. You can put a stop to it.
(FYI — if you use my DeleteMe link you get 20% off any plan at no extra cost to you.)
3.) Delete Social Media
Regularly delete old social media posts.
Stories abound of someone getting cancelled for a decades-old regrettable social media post. You’ve grown as a person. No need to let who you used to be negatively impact your current opportunities.
I use Jumbo for this and have it set to delete anything older than 3 months.
2.) Get a Lawyer
Develop a good relationship with an attorney before you might need one.
Mine is part of a huge firm that has specialities in just about every area you could think of. I like this flexibility. I’ve used them to:
Settle a lawsuit
Create employee handbooks
…plus tons more
Good lawyers get you out of trouble. Great lawyers prevent the trouble from happening in the first place.
1.) Golden Rule
Treat others as you want to be treated.
It’s sounds simple, but It's amazing how much BS you can avoid in your life just by being a decent human being. Standing up for your values is one thing. Treating people poorly is an invite to get cancelled.
Did I forget anything? What would YOU add to this list?