Overrated

Sent by Jonathan Stark on September 8th, 2018

Today on the internet, there was a comment posted to a thread about the Harry Potter series that took my breath away.

It was three simple words:

“Rowling is overrated.”

No histrionics.

No hyperbole.

No explanation.

Merely a simple opinion, stated as if it were an inarguable, objective truth.

Some random ego on the internet felt qualified to dismiss millions of fans and billions of dollars of value created. Out of hand. Just like that.

What would the world look like if J.K. Rowling listened to this sort of unsolicited feedback, back in the early days when Harry, Ron, and Hermione were little more than a figment of her imagination? I don’t know about you, but my life would be a little bit emptier without Snape, Hagrid, Dobby, and the rest.

Whether you’re a Potter fan or not, here’s the thing:

You will ALWAYS have critics. 

Actually, it’s a bad sign if you don’t. 

I’m not saying you should ignore feedback in general. In fact, feedback from trusted advisors is worth its weight in gold. But unsolicited “feedback” from anonymous randos and concern trolls will cripple you if you let it. 

Please don’t.

Yours,

—J

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