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November 16, 2008 / alunatunes

November 16-Don’t Take Anything Personally


“Taking things personally makes you easy prey for these predators, the black magicians. They can hook you easily with one little opinion and feed you whatever poison they want, and because you take it personally, you eat it up.” Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

The music business is such an easy place to take things personally. People comment about your art, your music, your talent and you take it personally. It is difficult, indeed nearly impossible, to separate ourselves from our art. Too much negative criticism and we’re creatively crippled. Too much positive enthusiasm and we become ungrounded and vain. 

Detachment from the “good opinon of others” as Dr. Wayne Dyer puts it, is a lofty goal, but one we should pursue with great diligence. When we don’t take comments personally, we gain an immense amount of freedom to create, do and dream. We gain perspective on our personal best without the encumbrances of what others may think. 

Ruiz says, “All people live in their own dream, in their own mind. They are in a completely different world from the one we live in. When we take something personally, we make the assumption that they know what is in our world, and we try to impose our world on their world.”

Work to elevate yourself from the personal opinions of others. It’s impossible to know the basis of opinions. Opinions are based from the perspective of the world view of the the fan, the producer, the manager or the critic. They really have nothing to do with you or your creativity. If you are happily doing your personal best each day, you are immune from taking things personally.

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