This Isn't A Spectator Sport

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As entrepreneurs and content creators we put ourself out there...Daily!

And with that comes the critics, the finger pointing and the comments from everyone that seems to be sitting on the sidelines...

This is to be expected!

A few years ago, @jangle introduced me to a quote that put everything into proper perspective for me...

“If you are not in the arena getting your ass kicked on occasion, I am not interested in or open to your feedback. There are a million cheap seats in the world today filled with people who will never be brave with their own lives, but will spend every ounce of energy they have hurling advice and judgement at those of us trying to dare greatly. Their only contributions are criticism, cynicism, and fear-mongering. If you're criticizing from a place where you're not also putting yourself on the line, I'm not interested in your feedback....."

- Brene Brown

This absolutely blew my mind!

And wow, how much truth is in that....

Here's the thing about being in business for yourself (which includes being a content creator) in 2020...

You are 'out there'...Your opinions, your content, your products, your services...Everything is analyzed and scrutinized to no end...

And hey, some of the criticism is rightfully deserved...And when some of it can help us improve, we should pay close attention to it...

But then there are the spectators!

The people sitting on the sidelines, with no skin in the game that seem to just take shots at the people that do put their heart and soul into this stuff...

Yup...Expect them!

These people will be there...Always in the audience, and to be honest...There isn't much you can do about them.

A lot of their 'anger or frustration' comes from a few things...Mostly because they haven't found the courage to step out from behind the keyboards and....

Put their own skin in the game!

Like I've said...Expect it!

It'll be there and you'll attract a lot more 'comments' and insults thrown at you the longer you put yourself out there...

Part of being in this business is to develop the skin to deal with these kind of people....They aren't 'against' you, they are more frustrated that they haven't found their calling yet...

At least that's what I like to tell myself LOL

Because at the end of the day, and I mentioned this in my live stream last night, I wanna see everyone win!

Every singe creator and HIVE community member, I truly in my heart of hearts, wanna see you WIN! And win big!

So for everyone on the sidelines...Get off it! Get in the game and enjoy this journey...It's very rewarding and when you plug into this community here, I'm sure you'll agree...

You just can't beat the experience!


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It's amazing how many people are experts on everything while sitting on their couch. It would be amazing to see everyone with a CTP Talk account be active and at least post content a few times a week if not daily. But I do agree, don't talk the talk if you aren't going to walk the walk so get up and run lol

And that's why I love the CTP community...It takes a new member a little bit to get going, but once they do...Watch out!!

I agree with @maddogmike comment about the "couch-experts"... They know everything and express that in their little "pond", but if they should have to do that in public (with signature on the end)... oh, no way...

I think that that is a main problem, not just here on Hive, but in general... People are afraid to express their opinion in public... Usually scared from "negative" comments, which are usually coming from other "couch-experts"... lol...

So, they are spinning in circles... :)

Yup...Beware of the false prophets LOL

It's true though....Takes no effort or risk to sit on a couch and point fingers.

If you haven't had a chance to watch her TED talks, I really recommend it. She's really good at what she does and seems to break things down in a way that resonates with me.

Happy to have been the one who brought you that quote :)

Oh she's awesome. I enjoy her talks and her books very much....All your fault btw LOL

Pretty awesome to see a Brené Brown quote here, and certainly a very poignant one, as well.

There are — at least in my experience — also a lot of people on the sidelines who actually started something and are now critics because they expected it to be easy and they are now of the opinion that those who worked hard to get where they are "deceived" them... when, in fact, they were simply victims of their own unrealistic expectations.

Seems to be quite common in the cryptosphere, where the predominant mindset often is "When Moon?" when they would be wiser to ask "HOW Moon?"

How moon?

That is brilliant....Great way to frame the question that really matters!!

We have an idiom in our language "जाके पाँव न फटी बिवाई वह क्या जाने पीर पराई" and interestingly I do not have to translate it because English already have one with same meaning
"Only the Wearer knows where the shoe pinches."

ha ha ha that is great....Fantastic saying!!!

And so true!

Well said Jon, it's only if we play the game that we have the experience to have a qualified opinion of what needs to improve, and also be taken seriously by others that is also in the game, keep up your awesome work.

Thanks man....Thats all we can focus on, what we bring to market daily.