I was talking to Sally (not her real name) when she told me she didn’t want to start doing what she loves because she is scared of what other people would think of her.
I relate because I’ve been thinking like this for a long time. In fact, sometimes, I do.
But then, when we think about the implications of that fear, we see how much we leave at the table.
I asked, “So what if someone thinks something bad about you?”
She said, “I don’t want to hear or read a negative comment about what I create. I only want appreciation.”
I get it. Who doesn’t want appreciation? We all do. Don’t we?
But when you think about it, the most successful people get negative comments, and it’s part of the process. Else-it seems it’s fake.
A few weeks ago, I got my first 2-star rating on my book, Why No One Is Buying Your Product. I was curious and wondered, what did this person not like in my book? It would have been helpful if they wrote why.
I turned to my author community and told them about it. They cheered and told me to go get a coffee with the “money” that person spent on my book and celebrate. Now, I am a real author—they said, and more legit. They even told me it would help me sell more books.
Because the book will look legit— readers have different opinions about it. Think about it, when you buy something on Amazon or anywhere for that matter, and you see tons of reviews, none of which are negative, you become suspicious. Are those even real? You wonder.
What do you want to do that fear of other people’s opinions is stopping you? Leave a comment.
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