There will be some people who strongly dislike it.
I’ve always felt that great design is polarizing. There will be some who love it and others who hate it.
For example, I recently received a request for a refund of the Focus Course from a fellow stating that the content was “inane, generic, bland and full of nothing but buzzwords.”
Negative and vile feedback like that used to really throw me for a loop. I’d worry, What if they’re right? What if I’m selling snake oil I and don’t even realize it?
There is a difference between constructive feedback and angry feedback. If the former, I’m all ears. I am happy to learn from genuinely unsatisfied customers who tell me they were expecting one thing but got another. That is a great way for me to improve my marketing, products, and more.
But angry feedback just comes from angry people. They feel entitled to something and they want you to know just how angry they are. Angry, hyper-negative feedback is not a reflection of you nor of your products. It is a reflection of the person giving the feedback.
And so, in times like that, I choose to politely refund their money, delete their email, and go about my day creating new things and working toward what’s next.
(As a side note, I’d rather get negative feedback than no feedback at all. Perhaps the worst response to a product would be indifference.)
It’s not easy to make something and put it out there.
Another way to tell you’ve created something worthwhile, is to look at the people who are talking about it, sharing it, and using it.
Look around at the people who are gladly doing business with you. Are they people you respect? If so, then you’re doing it right.
Sometimes it’s hard to get a clear picture of the work you’re doing. You’re so immersed in the product and the message that you can’t easily step back and see it all with fresh eyes.
But if there are people who you find awesome, and they are happy to be around your work and they actively seek you out, then you are on the right track. You’re serving the right people doing something worthwhile. Good job.