How do you handle situations when your ego has been bruised? Maybe you’re vending at a show and you overhear a customer walking by saying something along the lines of “I could make that…and for way less” or “I just don’t like that style.” If we all sat in a room and brainstormed, I’m sure we could come up with a laundry list of comments that people make that are either insensitive or insulting. But, I’d much rather sit in a room and talk about all the amazing compliments others have made about your work, your style, and the way you run your business.
It’s human nature to fixate on the negative remarks people make rather than the positive. I’ve come realize that being self-conscious about your business or your creations is a waste of time! It’s very common for sellers to take things personally - interpreting peoples’ reactions to their products as slights again them as individuals.
So with that said, developing thick skin and the ability to accept criticism as constructive advice is a major asset! If you’re listening to what people are saying, whether it’s good or bad, it’s important to take the nuggets of valuable input and use those insights to elevate your business to the next level.
At the end of the day, running a business is tough stuff. Your ego may get a little bruised and battered along with way, but keep your head up, find someone who supports and encourages you, always believe in yourself, and combat those remarks or tough times through your raw determination and ultimately, your success!
Main image courtesy of D Sharon Pruitt.