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Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for an Opinion…BUT

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for an Opinion…BUT

By Pat Flynn on

I recently redesigned this blog and asked for your thoughts about it in my last post. If I was the way I was in high school, boy—would I be livid! Let me explain…

When I was a little boy (yes, I was still a little boy in high school. I finally reached 100lbs. my junior year), I didn’t take criticism very well. I think this is why I tried to be the best at everything, because if I was the best, no one could really say anything.When someone did say something, I would become really defensive and not handle the situation very well.

Luckily, since then, I’ve changed. I love criticism.

Free Advice

I see criticism as free advice. No matter how harsh or negative it is it’s someone opinion about what I’m doing. That opinion doesn’t become a seed for guilt or anger, it becomes a way to see how I can improve, for free. And the best part, it’s related to whatever it is I’m doing. I don’t have to read a book, take a class or try to figure out what I’m doing wrong – since it’s directly pointed out to me.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

If there’s something you want to be successful at, you should always ask for an opinion. Whether it’s a website design, a blog post, marketing plan, or even an idea – knowing what other people think about it will help you improve and succeed.

This doesn’t have to apply to just internet business either. If you want to succeed in a relationship, buying a home, cooking dinner – all you have to do is ask. Never just assume.

What’s the Worst that Can Happen?

This is the question that changed my view about criticism. Even though I was criticized for many things throughout my life (who hasn’t), the fact is that I’m here today – happy, healthy and successful. If you’re worried about what people think, just ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?”.

So you might get some negative opinions. Now you know what to do and how to improve. Like I said before, that information is gold.

You Don’t Have to You Can’t Please Everybody

The theme of this post is that other people’s opinions are valuable. However, you have to understand that you don’t have to please everyone, because you can’t.

If you tried to conform to every single opinion and criticism that was directed towards you, you’d be running around like a chicken with no head because everyone’s opinions are different. You have to learn how to understand which opinions fit your ideas and proceed by making changes and updates accordingly.

My New Blog Design

So, taking all of what I previously said into account, I just wanted to thank you all for your opinions in my last post. I got some nice ones, and some critical ones too – which is awesome. I’ve since “compromised” on a few items, such as putting back the “about me” part in the sidebar, because it’s what really gave new visitors that first impression about what I do.

What’s most important is to consider who your audience is and try to balance their opinions with your goals.

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