Trolls, critics and doubters

I know that I should update with an original post, but I would suggest you hang onto this handy tip from Seth Godin in the meantime.

Lots of things about work are hard. Dealing with trolls is one of them. Trolls are critics who gain perverse pleasure in relentlessly tearing you and your ideas down. Here's the thing(s):

1. trolls will always be trolling 2. critics rarely create 3. they live in a tiny echo chamber, ignored by everyone except the trolled and the other trolls 4. professionals (that's you) get paid to ignore them. It's part of your job.

"Can't please everyone," isn't just an aphorism, it's the secret of being remarkable.

Amen!  Original post is here.

Ryan plays the trombone, not the bagpipes

For the past two weeks, I was vacationing in Scotland and England. At one point, I was lucky enough to get a chance to play bagpipes, at which I failed miserably. You can see my face turn to a lovely crimson in the process. I always knew I'd never like playing those double reeds. At the end of the video, you can hear a patron say "You've just composed a new song called 'The Dying Quail'". Indeed, sir, indeed. My thanks to The Falls of Feugh Tearoom for a great afternoon tea!

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