The power of the negative!
Negativity is hard to avoid when putting your art and self out into the world. Often the negativity comes from your own head! But unfortunately sometimes it comes from others.
Recently I have been sharing and promoting my art business online. As an introvert this can be cringe worthy! But to achieve a successful creative business it’s necessary.
I’ve been feeling pretty good. My followers on social media are slowly growing and I receive positive feedback and compliments on my work.
Of course I am always questioning the validity of these compliments…they’re just being nice, humoring me, they’re just saying it because we’re friends, do they really mean it? Is my art any good?
But I can tell you one negative comment undoes all the good ones. Unlike the compliments which wash over me, the negative stabs me in my heart! I’m not so quick to check how valid it is! I skip to why bother? They’re right, I’m crap!
So I woke up to read a comment on one of my social media posts basically saying ‘that a child could paint as well and asking if I really expected to sell this work!’
It’s hard to understand why people go out of their way to be nasty, why bother following someone if you don’t appreciate their work?
But it’s important not to let this kind of thing get to you. Often the negativity is a reflection of this person’s life. Basically they have the problem not you!
It’s best to ignore comment or respond in a respectable way. Some people enjoy getting bad reactions from others.
You can also easily block the person and move on!
Use the negative comment as blog post topic! I feel better writing about it! It beats having the comment bounce around my head all day!
If someone knocks you down, just get back up, brush yourself off and continue walking your path to creative success! I’m Sure I’ll have the last laugh!