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Catching Flies with Honey

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine told me that her sister had read my book and enjoyed it. I asked if she thought her sister would post a review. I told her that getting reviews was like pulling teeth and that I thought it was perhaps because people think reviews need to be lengthy like a book report when a sentence or two is just fine.

We discussed the issue a bit more and then my friend said something I’d not considered. She said maybe people are more apt to give bad reviews. That when people are dissatisfied with their experience at a restaurant or stay at a hotel, that they tend to write about their negative experiences.

I thought about what she said. Is it true? Are people more likely to complain rather than praise?

We all complain. Whether it’s about traffic, the weather, work, there’s always something. I’m guilty. However, I am learning that if it’s something I can’t control, it’s just a waste of time and energy. If it’s something I can change, I am going to do something about it. It’s a conscious effort to let things slide, but sometimes it’s necessary. And when I have to complain, I remember that you catch more flies with honey.


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