After two productive and semi-harmonious weeks at work, today wasn’t a good day to get the week started.
I’m no expert with Microsoft’s IIS, I’m familiar, and at work I sometimes end up wearing other hats. So if I have issues with our server, I have to fix it.
The whole thing reminded me about being resilient.
It’s very important for artist to have resilience. Specially when it comes to internet trolls. When you start putting your work online for the public to see, you will start experiencing negative feedback.
Here is what you can do. Remember to focus on those who understand you vs those who don’t. Is not your job as an artist to reach out to those who are rejecting your ideas. Doing the opposite is going to distract you from your core audience.
Don’t go and turn off comments from your social media real estate. You have to continue engaging your audience. Tim Ferris uses the living room policy. Treat your comments as if they were not online, instead treat the commenting situation as a conversation in your living room. If someone was acting rude in your living room, you’d simply asked them to leave. And sometimes ignoring the ignorance will keep you focused and fade out the troller.
And most important, keep making content and stay focused. I allow myself a certain window of time for dealing with a conflict. My Monday might not be ruined, it just feels that way if I’m facing difficulty. But when I put a deadline, I’ll either accept the failure or reach a point when I’ll ignore the problem and move on to something else on my to-do list.
When a door closes, when you receive negative criticism, or simply when someone rejects your ideas, you will make a choice, that will turn the situation into a dead end or it will reroute you to something else. Trust your artistic sense and most importantly the universe.