React or create — your choice?

2019-04-11T09:23:09+00:00

A note for creatives: it’s hard to create and react at the same time. Almost impossible. They are mutually exclusive events.

You know, the advent of social media tools have offered us about the greatest level of leverage ever. From the comfort of your room, you can do your work and put it in the face of tons of people across the world almost instantly without seeking permission and almost at zero budget. But the downside to this is that you will be engaging with a mixed multitude, some of whom, no matter what you do, you will never appeal to them.

They will poke and prod your work negatively and if you listen to them, you will be committing a faux pas. And am not talking about people who give constructive criticisms. But people who either don’t have the eye to see the beauty around your work or have a bad eye entirely (plus a bad mouth).

Do your job because you love it, not because you want to please a subset of people – whatever you do – blog, speak, write, design, paint, crusader for a cause or initiative, budding entrepreneur, whatever. Do it for what it is worth and smartly make sure you don’t invest so much in reviewing and reacting to comments.

If you know that you can’t please everybody, then don’t even invest in trying to do so.

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