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Preach it, Seth! If you aren't qualified, maybe you shouldn't be giving your opinion...
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Well, my opinion on this is....
Yeah, then are the tools who think so highly of themselves that they don't bother to allow comments on their blogs. So being a tool disqualifies you as well.
Seth's opinion is that some people shouldn't share their opinion?
I'm thinking of it in terms of a graphic design... The graphic designer has reasons why something looks the way it does. This is based on their school training or their life experience as an artist. It is an insult to an artist for that design to be picked apart by someone who does not understand design.

I'm just using design as an example. It could also be writing or cooking or any other art form. The artist should ignore criticism from people not trained in the appreciation of their art.

If I took every bit of criticism I have ever received to heart, I would be scared spitless to ever create again.
I was just making a joke. Seth's point is well made. Opinions should be weighted to credibility and value.
+daniel m Sorry... I get it. His opinion on opinions :) His article was a much-needed self-confidence boost for the day.

+Brandon Uttley Seth has had a long-standing policy of not allowing comments on his blog. He used to get locked with fear because of how people criticized him on his blog's comments. He realized he got a lot more done when he didn't listen to them. He turned off his comments.
Definitely a confidence boost in some ways, and I personally believe the basic premise of ignoring the opinions of others when we are happy doing things the way we want to do them, but I do try and at least hear out the opinions before I decide to disregard them or not.

So what I disagree with Seth on is "why" he chooses to disregard people. I think his opinions are kind of elitist, which is okay- They are, after all, opinions. ;-)
What's wrong with believing in unicorns? :)
Great article... thank you for posting +Matt McCabe ! It definitely resonated with me. When I published my shared death story, I got labeled "crazy" on my Amazon profile in the first two days. Fortunately for me, I knew the person who said it (former coworker) and realized it was a reflection of his beliefs, and not me. The decision to tell a story that might get me that label from some was balanced by the hope that my experience might be helpful to others. I just had to let go of the worry about criticism.
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