When creating or sharing something we’re likely to encounter many opinions. As such, it’s worth having a handy rubric (great word) in order to help us process and filter out the helpful from the irrelevant.
Try asking these questions:
- Is the opinion coming from someone who I created this thing for?
- If so, what can I do about it?
- If not, what can I learn from it before letting it go?
People often treat their opinions as indisputable and universal facts rather than specific stories they tell themselves based on how they uniquely see the world.
It’s worth remembering this when someone shares any sort of response to your work.
See also: this podcast.