I don’t understand people sometimes. I guess it’s best not to because if I try and understand why people act the way they do I’d get nothing else done in life.
I got a comment on a post I wrote awhile back about being featured on New and Noteworthy for Photo 365. Of course I was so excited about it. My first app got featured in the second week it was out. It was beyond my wildest imagination.
Did I get lucky? I’d be the first to say yes.
But I put myself in that position in the first place by creating an app. After that, being featured or not by Apple is completely out of the developer’s hands. No one knows exactly how you get featured. It’s not based on number of downloads or how many ratings you have. I’ve seen apps featured on New and Noteworthy with no ratings or reviews.
I really thought my second app, Gratitude Journal 365, would be featured by Apple as well. I thought the design was great and the features were nice. However it got nothing. That’s how it is for indie developers.
Here is the comment that made me write this post.
This is from another app developer. I’ve removed his link to his app because he doesn’t deserve the link or free promotion. To me, he sounds super bitter.
I couldn’t let it go and say nothing. Here is the rest of the conversation.
Since he felt like giving his “realistic opinion”, I’ll give mine.
My guess is he is upset that his amazing app didn’t get featured by Apple. He sees other apps, like mine, that have been featured and think his app is so much better. He believe his app actually does something valuable instead of letting users save one photo a day. Also he’s not making much money back on his app either, hence the comment about how much money I’ve made. He’s spent a lot and not nearing his break even point.
And really, being featured on New and Noteworthy does not determine the success of an app. Yes the recognition is nice, but it only lasts a week. Being featured isn’t going to make us rich or poor. I know developers who have never been featured and they make a comfortable living from their apps. So I’m not sure why he is so upset about the process. Complain to Apple.
Secondly if he’s going to argue it’s easier to win the lottery than be featured, at least be right.
Currently there are 900,000 apps in the App store. A lot of them aren’t even close to be worthy enough to be featured. So that eliminates a whole bunch. Every week they feature 30 apps in the New and Noteworthy section. That’s 1,560 apps a year.
Recently the Powerball jackpot was $600 million. The odds of winning that were 1 in 175,223,510. I’m not that great at math, but just looking at the numbers, I would say winning the lottery is much harder.
I’ve bought way more lottery tickets than developed apps and I have yet to win the lottery.
I know it’s just one hater and they’re all over the internet. Yes I let his comment bother me, but one way I like to get my frustrations out is to write about it. I did it last time another developer ridiculously accused me of copying her app.
I posted a link to his comments on Twitter and these responses from friends.
They’re right. There are going to be people are going to hate your success. It also made me realize one thing.
Being jealous is a waste of time
People are going to be jealous about anything. They might look at someone and be jealous they have a better job, more money, more success, or more recognition. They may be working hard, but don’t have the amount of success as someone else who seemingly doesn’t work so hard and just gets lucky.
They’re wasting their time and energy if they spend it on being jealous. What good does it really do? What good does leaving a comment like the one above?
Instead of focusing on what they need to do, they’re constantly thinking about that other person. They’re not thinking nice things either so all that negative energy gets them upset inside.
I don’t want that to be you and I don’t want you to associate yourself with people like that either. The friends you spend the most time with are so vital to your success and happiness in life. If they’re nasty and jealous, that’s going to rub off on you.
The reality is there are going to be people ahead of us in life.
I’ve seen interviews of other app developers who are making way more money than I am. Am I jealous? No. It makes me focus more and work harder so I can get to that level. I don’t waste my time being jealous.
Those jealous people just try to bring the rest of us down to their level.
Maybe you have friends that see you much happier because you are doing something they only dream about. They’re going to be jealous. Why? Because you’re doing what they aren’t doing. They have a million excuses why not to, while you’re taking control of your life. Since they can’t be happy, they don’t want you to either.
So they say things about you, talk behind your back, or even talk in front of your face. They want to bring you down to their own low level.
Do no let them do that. Do not let them win.
Let them stay there complaining and doing nothing, while you ignore them. If you really have friends like that, you truly need to find new friends.
If you feel the urge to be jealous about someone, remember this quote:
“More men die of jealousy than of cancer.” – Joseph P. Kennedy [click to tweet]
If you’re surrounded by people who are like this, distance yourself from them because you can’t life a positive life hanging around negative people.
I feel better getting this off my chest, but it’s also a good lesson for all of us. Jealously will get us nowhere in life.
Now excuse me while I go buy some lottery tickets since apparently it’s much easier to win than being featured by Apple. I’ve already been featured so my lottery odds are pretty good, right?