“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”
– Chinese proverb.
This is one of my favourite quotes which sums up a lot about indie game development. Sure, when you do games you will face people saying you how “you cannot succeed” or how “all your games are (poo)”, and my way of reacting is this:
- I focus on results, let the results speak rather than words. If my results are bad and guy is telling my results are bad then… he’s right – so why should I care? If my results are good and some guy is telling bad things about me or my results then he’s wrong – and any intelligent person can easily test my game rather than believe gossips, so why should I care? If somebody tells bad things about me, that’s their problem – I want no part of it.
- Basically I don’t defend myself. I let my results talk: they might be dismal or they might be great – that’s not the point. I rather let the results do the talking, so I can focus on making my game great rather than convincing people that my game is good.
- I don’t attack. I think there’s more than enough insults in the net and in the world and I believe that saying bad things about someone else is not doing anything good about me. Surely I can point out stuff, discuss and comment someone’s talk, but I still think insulting others is not a good strategy. I previously wrote a brief article on how to deal with angry people, check it out in case you missed it or like to re-read it.
I would also like to remind that many of us have a habit about giving feedback:
- When things are bad, we say it out loud
- When things are good, we say nothing.
That’s why sometimes it might feel like people are being harsh at you, but when you think about yourself: isn’t it easy to tell “what’s wrong” about others or their behavior (games, team member work, children, dogs…) rather than “reward the right” things. It’s easy to say “NO!” to your dogs 100 times every day and forget saying “Good doggie!” when they sit nicely or act well… When people say bad things that reflects their own thinking and life, and you should remember that doing something is much better than doing nothing.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. Focus on doing it. Ignore the persons who say that it can’t be done.