A couple years ago, I wrote a blog post about music theory. I analyzed a Bach Invention and included a video demonstration.
I was reluctant to post the videos, and for good reason: the classical music world is full of elitist snobs (listen to my podcast episode “Why I Hate Piano Teachers“).
I had to make a choice. Do I put out the helpful information I’m trying to convey? Or, do I hold back because I’m afraid of not getting validation?
I posted the video and article in a Facebook group for piano teachers.
It was torn to pieces (big surprise 🙄).
“If I had a student play the invention like that I would run screaming from the room.” 😱My favorite comment.
It was a painful decision, but I’m glad I did it.
Posting the videos is MORE IMPORTANT to me than protecting myself from the haters.
I continue to make this decision everyday. Say what I’m trying to say, or give in to peer pressure? No one should have to make this decision.
(I also HATE when I get the cyberbullying emoji on Facebook. You know the one: 😆)
Now it’s your turn.
This is a challenge.
What’s that thing you wish you had the courage to post?
You may not ever feel good about posting it. That’s OK, because you don’t need to.
Instead, post it even though you know you’re going to get bad feedback. You’re not doing it for the feedback.
You’re doing it for its own sake.