It’s not for you!
Ever been in an interview where at least one person in the panel is impossible to entertain, who simply throws acid disguised as words at you? Have you conducted a seminar where some audience just wouldn’t comply? How about getting disapproved for your submitted work (not by the main audience, but) by some middle “meddling” manager? Have you authored an article, shared it on LinkedIn or Twitter, and faced a biased criticism through relentless comments, which seem more like personal attack?
Whether in a job or business or in any professional or personal situation, your “output” is often “rejected” by one or more people. You actually know that the people who have negated your contribution are either misfits, without pre-requisites, or just plain acid-tongue owners without a purpose. What do you do? Do you try your best seeking approval from these people? What if these very people are the ones with power – influencers or decision makers? Your mind wants to shout: “It’s not for you, guys!” Does your action complement what your mind has spoken? Or do you change your course of thinking, completely challenging your own knowledge and confidence, to come up with a “new” output – as an attempt to please this minority?
Not worth it, if you know the fitment and purpose of your contribution.
You can go with people who challenge and question your thoughts with a betterment goal, and try and convince them by using alternate approaches. But it’s a waste of time and energy to try and comfort the people who refuse – to listen, to learn, to adapt, to look objectively…
Usability of your output will be high if you maintain and respect the gap, and distance yourself from the audience who has chosen not to work on the gap.
From my personal business experience of 5 years, and looking back at various moments of truth during my 9 years of job tenure – here’s my summary in context of the subject. I have experienced and now know the difference between standing my ground with “It’s not for you” vs. just saying it out, but trying infinitely to gain a universal acceptance of my work. Many a times, my design mockups have been rejected, with me trying my best to “adjust” the output to gain acceptance. I have stopped doing this in cases where I am confident about the “it’s not for you” syndrome. Seriously, not worth pursuing these initiatives, and puncturing your own thinking process, learning curve and timelines in return of the mostly-micro-budget-and-leisure-payment-schedule!
No thanks, I say. My price, my thought-process, my solution approach, my usability analysis, my UX paradigm, my user interface design – It’s not for you.