Common Mistakes: Being Too Concerned With What Others Think
September 23, 2010
It’s very hard to run a business as if you live in a bubble. We are all subject to different types of feedback not only from our peers, but also from our clients.
For instance, years ago I was always insulted when folks thought my work was too over the top and at times vulgar. (Yes folks the vulgar part really hurt.) When actually I was just trying to bring the abundance and beauty of nature from the outside in.
Finally, one day I started embracing being over the top, and not only that, but made it part of my brand statement.
I started attracting high end clients who actually liked the abundance. Since then, I made myself a promise to always follow my gut and ignore comments from jealous peers who are also just trying to find their own way.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
- My main concern is to make my clients happy. So, even if the guests don’t like the decor that is perfectly okay. The event was designed for the client’s taste only.
Not everyone is going to love everything you do.
If you are too concerned with what other people think, you’ll never get out of bed in the morning. I suggest you create designs your clients love and that you love too.
- Last but not least, get far away from the idea of creating THE BEST DESIGN EVER. Design is just design and it does not matter if it’s the best; it just is.
I have been asked many times to be a judge on TV shows. I accepted only once and hated it. The reason why is that I respect everyone’s design process too much to put it down in any way.
I have taught myself to look at everyone’s design with a simple question: what do I LIKE about this design, instead of what do I not like? This is not easy, because I am also capable of being extremely judgmental.
Do you respond well to your work being judged? Yes or no and explain why.