Seth Godin says snark = quick ‘n dirty and fun ‘n easy while earnest = less shiny, long term better. He’s probably right, he’s a plenty smart guy.
What can we learn, if anything, from either or both kinds of criticism? Sometimes there’s a kernel of truth in the snark, or a hit you over the head with a two by four. Sometimes the earnest just misses the point, or maybe it is studiously correct. Misguided or accurate, vengeful or kindly intended, criticism happens.
Criticism is not easy to take. We need to learn how to be picky about how we respond to it. Here are some tips on dealing with criticism. Nine handy tips from Julia Cameron’s creativity manual The Artist’s Way plus a bonus coping skill: my personal stomp and spit routine. ’cause sometimes, that’s what it takes!