We live in a day and age where the phrase "Everything is relative" is the final word for many conversations and a basis for conclusions. This kind of mentality can lead to disastrous results.
"Everything is relative" sits on the throne of the conversation when one's ego has been hurt. Being said or not said verbally doesn't really matter. What matters is what occurs after the argument has been settled down this way and life continues.
The idea behind the phrase is that everyone has an opinion, a way of thinking, and a freedom of expression, but that's not necessarily the truth. While it is right to assume that people make mistakes and not every opinion is to be valued, this logic becomes a facade for the strong ego of an absolute relativist. Assuming that "everything is relative" became a synonym for "everyone is wrong about me."
People will come and tell you that either your portfolio or some of your works are bad. The "everything is relative" philosopher may deduce that these people just don't understand art. It's good to know that sometimes people are actually right and your portfolio or some of your works might be indeed not that good as you think.
There may even be friends and colleagues who will probably support your "everything is relative" attitude and will tell you: "Don't mind them, you're the best," or "Be cool, they just don't understand."
Your prices are something I can't afford, some clients may say. Some photographers may instantly run a YouTube search for videos on "How to answer to a client if they say your prices are too high." And yes, there are great videos on the topic, but think again if your prices aren't really way too high for the service you provide and what kind of final imagery you deliver.
Perception of reality can be subjective or relative. Kids believe anything but the same can be said for photographers who don't have a true assessment of their work and personality yet. Taking everything personally is not a good thing. Taking everything as "relative opinion" is not good either.
There are so many generalized "words of wisdom" on social media today that if someone follows blindly, would fall in a pit or will look quite stupid. An example is "Don't allow anyone to tell you you are wrong." That's again part of the "everything is relative" mindset. It is absolutely possible there could be a case when someone is actually wrong and people advise them to take a turn from the direction they are heading.
Everything has to be judged on a case-by-case basis: opinions about your portfolio, your prices, the way you're doing business. There may be things worth listening to, while others may pass you by. It is hard to fight with your ego, but it's invaluable to have the ability to control it. Don't hide behind "everything is relative."