I posted a blog post on April Fools day saying I was quitting photography (I'm not), explained some of the things that we've been going through in the business. I got a heap of awesome notes of support and encouragement from friends and fans (feels weird saying that) of my work...
Unfortunately a few jerks thought it would be a great opportunity to unleash their issues on me at the same time, one particular tool said "pity it's not true that you are quitting". This sort of feedback doesn't really phase me any more as I realised long ago that their opinions really do not matter one bit.
I watched a Chase Jarvis Live video with Brené Brown that actually explained to me the reasons why this sort of feedback doesn't matter. Brené uses the quote by Theodore Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
This happens to be, by far, one of my all time favourite quotes, she then paraphrases and modernises it with her own version:
"If you are not in the arena also getting your ass kicked on a regular basis, I am not open to or interested in your feedback"
This video is well worth the watch:Daring Greatly to Unlock Your Creativity with Brené Brown | Chase Jarvis LIVE | ChaseJarvis