September 11

“Negative feedback can make us bitter or better.” —Robin Sharma

I read a bad review of my podcast today. I normally don’t pay much attention to reviews, but I was doing some work that required me to be in a podcast app, and it was there right in front of me. Since I’d already done the unusual and read a review, I thought I would do a little experiment by copying the reviewer’s username and pasting it along with the word “review” in the search bar of my web browser. 

You know what I found? A bunch of negative reviews, all one star, all disparaging various podcasts. Not one was positive. Not even one.

You will receive negative feedback for your work. And, it’s important to understand and receive that feedback with grace and perspective. In this case, perspective means understanding that some people do not build anything, they just spend their time tearing down the world around them. Maybe it’s out of personal creative frustration, maybe it’s a vendetta against those who are actually producing work, or maybe it’s just a misplaced sense of when an opinion actually matters. 

When you receive negative feedback, pause and ask “is the intent here to help me get better, or to tear me down?” If it’s the former, learn from it, apply it, and move on with life. If it’s the latter, sweep it into the dustbin and, again, move on with life.

When you receive negative feedback, ask “is the intent here to help me get better, or to tear me down?”

Question:  Is there negative feedback you’ve received that’s bothering you more than it should?

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