Ignore you critics

Posted on August 5, 2009

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An dinner tonight, an entire conversation with friends circled the topic of critics, friends, and fans. It reminded me about this post from Seth Godin’s blog on March 3rd, 2009. I love the clarity of who you listen to but more importantly, who you don’t.

Ignore your critics by Seth Godin 

If you find 100 comments on a blog post or 100 reviews of a new book or 100 tweets about you…

and two of them are negative, while 98 are positive…

which ones are you going to read first?

If you’re a human being and you’re telling the truth, the answer is pretty obvious: you want to know which misguided losers had nasty things to say and you want to know what they said. In fact, if we’re being totally truthful, it’s likely you’re going to take what the critics had to say to heart.

That’s a shame. The critics are never going to be happy with you, that’s why they’re critics. You might bore them by doing what they say… but that won’t turn them into fans, it will merely encourage them to go criticize someone else.

It doesn’t matter what Groucho or Elvis or Britney or any other one-name performer does or did… the critics won’t be placated. Changing your act to make them happy is a fool’s game.

Here’s a surprising thought, though. You should ignore your fans as well.

Your fans don’t want you to change, your fans want you to maintain the essence of what you bring them but add a laundry list of features. You fans want lower prices and more contributions, bigger portions and more frequent deliveries.

So, who should you listen to?

Your sneezers.

You should listen to the people who tell the most people about you. Listen to the people who thrive on sharing your good works with others. If you delight these people, you grow.

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