You Can’t Please Everyone

Not everyone is going to like your art. In fact, most of the people will hate it. Some of them will even go to great lengths to let you know that they don’t like it — they’ll send you colorful emails, tweets and comments.

But that’s fine. You’re not doing it for them. As long as you have a small group of people who love your work, who support you and listen to you, you shouldn’t be concerned about the thousands who don’t care and who will never care.

Try to focus on those who are actually willing to listen to what you have to say. There might be only a few of them, but they’re the real reason why you’re here and why you should continue doing what you do.

2 Inspiring Comments

  1. Well … It depends, really depends on the situation. If you have more haters than lovers than I think it is wise to start thinking where lies the real problem.

    Surely, when the projects are personal, for fun etc. just go for it, ignore the haters. But on the other side, when selling your products and make a living from it, there’s different ;)

    1. Fair point, Primož.

      I believe that (unless you don’t have a niche) you undoubtedly will have very few lovers (or fans). Your product surely isn’t for everybody (nor it should be). And haters gonna hate it even though you didn’t build it for them. For example, if your product is built for 25 years old skaters, you can safely ignore what 70 year old non-skater haters have to say about it.

      Of course, if your customer sends you a hate email, then indeed you have a problem and you shouldn’t ignore it. But if someone who isn’t your customer, who isn’t in your target audience, who couldn’t even be your customer dislikes your product, you can quite safely ignore it.

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