This week, I talk about my “strategy” for dealing with bad reviews and detail how much time I spend worrying about them.
To boil it right down: Don’t stress yourself out about them.
In just about any situation, I ask myself 2 questions:
- Can I do anything about this situation right now?
- Is there anything I can learn from this situation?
It may annoy my wife now and then as I apply that philosophy to just about everything in my life (as I have rather severe consequences if I get too stressed out) but when it comes to reviews, the first question is always a “No” and unless the review provides some useful critical feedback the answer to the second is often “No” as well.
Any time I can answer no to both questions, I put whatever it is out of my mind and don’t spend any more brainpower or time on it. It’s just not worth bringing on a migraine and spending a few hours or days going blind from hallucinations and suffering through a splitting headache. (Before I got my migraines under control, I went blind for 2 weeks once…it isn’t something that I have any desire to repeat.)
That said, there are a few things that you can do about negative reviews, so even though the short answer is, “Don’t stress about it,” I do provide some other actionable advice in this week’s episode and in the transcript below.