When I get negative feedback I turn into Michael Corleone and plot the demise of those who delivered it. I dream up amazing responses to their criticism—like “No, YOUR the one who can’t write good!”—so that I’m ready to unleash these sharp comebacks should the event in which they criticized me ever repeat itself, which has never actually happened but still, I will be prepared when it does because it’s not personal guys, it’s strictly business.
When Eminem got negative feedback from music critics who panned his latest album, Kamikaze, he purchased a full-page print ad in the Hollywood Reporter.
Just two normal people reacting in a normal way to criticism.
Actually, Eminem employed a little more good-humour than I usually do. This ad is very funny because it’s “designed to look like an Oscar-campaign ad,” Business Insider observes,” but it reads ‘Not for your consideration!’”
— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) September 20, 2018
Instead of glowing reviews from critics it includes these gems: “The good news is that it’s easily the best Eminem album in more than a decade. The bad news is that it still sucks.” And “The work of an aging artist trying, and failing, to remain relevant.” And that last one is from the very outlet in which the ad appears! That’s good humour!
Eminem signs off with “Thanks for the support, a**holes!” A truly admirable and adult-like response to criticism if you ask me, another adult.
Do you deal with negative feedback just as normally as Eminem and I do? Maybe, for you, negative criticism rolls off your back like water on a duck. Or maybe you carefully consider the negative feedback to see if there’s any truth to it and then you make some changes that result into you becoming a better human.
That’s not really normal. But still, I can respect that.