When you put yourself into the public sphere, you’re likely to get a lot of comments from all across the spectrum of insult and praise. But, you have to expect that. You have to layer yourself with a certain amount of resilience; you cannot hold your pride, your hard work, and your creativity at the demands of others and what they want of you. If you’re going to be an artist in the modern world, you have to expect that people will not like you. As a matter of fact, they will move their days purposely to find a way to irk, rile, and stab at you with little gashes like a tiny little gnat that is too swift to swat.
There is a reason I surround myself with good people. If you bathe yourself in the harsh opinions of others, you’re likely to walk away just as dreary.
Do your best to hang on to those that truly appreciate your craft, your work. And those that don’t? Give it no mind. Pay no attention to it. Don’t spend moments thinking of a response, and don’t spend a sentence on a rebuttal. Give your time, and give your best, to those that appreciate your work.
Life will show you some greater things when you dismiss unnecessary negativity. Don’t get me wrong, bad things happen in life, and those things you can never ignore. But, social media criticism isn’t in the same league. It’s trite, not worth your time.
Be inspired by those you surround yourself, even in social media terms. Be inspired by the better comments you get, not the ones that have you staring at the screen either sad, or angry. Those people don’t want you to succeed. For whatever reason they have, they want to make sure you don’t succeed. However, they don’t succeed if you ignore them, and you empower yourself with greater influence.
I am blessed with a greater collective of kind and generous people who want to make sure I succeed. And if I get the chance to inspire in turn, then I’m a blessed man. I’m thankful that the world I have is saturated with good people. All of you. Every single one of you.