So there’s something I’ve been wanting to talk about.
In the last few months, I’ve been writing about what I’ve been going through. In fact, since the beginning of The Daily Love – that’s been my intention. To write about what I’ve been going through and share my internal thoughts and ideas with you.
Something that’s been interesting that’s been happening in the last few months is that there’s been a shift in some of the feedback we’ve gotten.
Here at TDL we get all kinds of comments. Most of them positive and grateful. But lately there’s been an uptick in criticism.
And I want to address it.
First, I want to say that whenever I get negative feedback, constrictive criticism or anything of the sort, I always try to ask myself if there’s truth in what’s being said. Many times, I’ve found that there is indeed some truth that I can learn from.
I find that I learn best from the criticism and I always do my best to not take it personally.
Recently I got an email from a Daily Lover that said the following:
“I have been a follower of the site for a few years now and it has been a great resource for a very painful period in my life, where I dealt with a painful break up with a girl I thought I was going to marry, coupled with tons of family drama and TDL was amazing, so thank you!
That being said, I know the brands popularity is growing but the daily emails which I used to wake up and rush to open and read is now something I am now very disappointed in. I know Mastin has much to offer and looking for different ways to monetize his brand but the daily emails have become what feels like a daily blog of Mastin’s rise in popularity and less about adding value to those that supported his growth. “
This was in response to my blog “Freaking out in Hamburg” where I talked about my trip to Hamburg.
The first thing I’d like to say in response is that I’m so grateful and humbled that Daily Love was there for you in your time of need. That is why we do what we do. It’s the core reason why Daily Love exists.
Our core belief is that if we can all share about the struggles and inner truths that we all think and feel – but rarely talk about – then that helps us all grow and evolve.
The other thing I’ve done from the beginning is that I’ve shared about what I’ve been going through.
There’s been an arc in my life.
When I started TDL, I was couch surfing. I was single. I was trying to figure out how to do this online thing. I was 26 years old.
Fast-forward six years – things are different.
Each day I’ve brought the Daily Love community what’s true for me. And something I’ve found recently is that is seems to be not OK with some peeps that I’m sharing about success.
They call it “bragging”. Or they say it’s about my “rise to popularity”. And many other ways of putting it.
My question to you is this, should I only share about my struggles? Is it not ok for me to talk about the good stuff, the success in my life as well?
Can’t it be true that if my commitment is to honestly share about my life, some days I’m sharing about the vacuum in my heart of being single (years ago) versus my first time flying business class? To Europe.
For me, both are true, both are things I’ve gone through in my life.
My hope is that you and I have developed a tight enough relationship where we can trust each other. And that it’s okay for me to share, not only about the struggles but also about the success.
Trust me, I know I will have more struggles in the future. I have sadness, mistakes, failure and all kinds of things in my future.
But I also have success, happiness and dreams coming true. My commitment to you, my Daily Lover, is to be able to share ALL of that with you.
I want the same for you, too. I’m here and Daily Lover is here for you in all phases of your life.
Also, I’ve written about this in the past and I’ll say it again – Daily Love is also a business. We have employees. We have overhead. We have bills to pay, servers to pay and food, shelter, etc just like you.
I believe it’s not only OK, but necessary for us to live in right livelihood. That is, being on our spiritual path, adding value to the world and getting paid for it.
I have no issue with this and let me tell you why. Our community needs to support each other. Help each other. Celebrate the successes of our friends and be there when they stumble and when they fall.
Also, as I share what I am going through with my struggles, it would be incomplete for me to not share my wins with you as well. I do this, because I believe that I owe it to you, my Daily Lover, to represent the full truth of what’s happening, rather than just the darkness. Don’t you agree?
Let’s get to a place where it’s okay for us to shine, to fall and to add value with products and services. Daily Love sends out tons of free emails every week. Free videos every week and tens of thousands of dollars of scholarships to all our programs.
Here at TDL we are here to give. And we are also here to build a thriving business.
And I’m also committed to sharing what I’m going through with you, no matter what it may be able – success, failure, heartbreak or dreams coming true.
Can we get on that same page together? I’ll be there for you. Will you be there for me?
In the comments below, let me know what you think about this crazy blog.
P.S. Our only “Enter the Heart” event of 2014 in Salt Lake City is this weekend on Saturday.
Mastin Kipp is the Founder and CEO of TheDailyLove.com. Follow him on Twitter here.
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