No matter what you do, Criticism follows you. It is just a part of life. You should not worry about criticism because you simply cannot make everyone happy. It is important to accept criticism, learn from it or let it go.
“Never dull your shine for somebody else.”Tyra Banks
If you are pursuing your dreams in life, you will be more familiar with Criticism. if you are not being criticized, you are not taking enough actions. No matter what you do, you will find people ready to criticize you. Elbert Hubbard said it right, “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
People throw their own failure at you. They believe that if they cannot, you cannot. This is not true. Everyone has own potential. Each of us is born with unique talent. If they did not succeed, it does not mean you will fail too. Never stop trying. Failure simply means you are in race, keep going.
Fear of Criticism:
Fear of criticism creates limitations for us at the first point. It stops us pursuing our dreams in life. For an example, we have some idea to start own business. However, Fear of failure and criticism keeps us away from taking any action.
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”Eleanor Roosevelt
Never fear what people will say. Explore life. The more you experiment with life, the more you get better at it.
Let us see how we can deal with Criticism in Life:
Take Criticism as a Motivation:
See critic as a motivator. Do what they say that you cannot do. However, do only if you want to do. You are born to do all that you want. Let not somebody’s words stop you.
“A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”Walter Bagehot
Take Roads Less Travelled:
If you want to avoid criticism, go with the crowd. However, if you want to lead life in your way, take roads less travelled. Yeah, you know that it is full of difficulties. Remember, out of difficulties comes an opportunity.
Do not think too much:
Before taking any step, we think what our family, relatives and friends will say. If you really want to do something, do it. People will always have something to say. Indeed, you will be criticized if you fail. Remember, you will find critics even if you succeed too.
Listen Everyone and Decide Yourself:
We take suggestions and opinions of others while taking some big decisions in life. It is all right to take benefits of other’s experience, but do not accept their limitations as yours.
“I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.”Michel de Montaigne
Do not take Criticism on Heart:
Carmen Electra said once, “For some reason if we hear 100 praises and one criticism, we focus on that one hurtful thing.”
There is no need to take criticism personally. Most of the time people around you criticize because of their own regrets in life. Their words of criticism come out of anger for their own lack of strength. If someone speaks harsh to you, do not just react. Instead, Re-think and Act. Let your action speak more than your words.
Consider Criticism as a part of Success:
Yes. Criticism is an integral part of success. Accept it. Take an example of any celebrity. The one who has the highest fans will have a huge number of critics as well.
Even the top rated movie of the world, “The Shawshank Redemption” does not have 10 out of 10 rating. You can find people criticizing and saying that it is an “Overrated Movie”. It is still on the top of the list. Therefore, never keep worrying about criticism. Keep going.
Here, I would like to recall my favourite lines from, “The Pursuit of Happyness”:
Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something.
Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it.
When people can’t do something themselves,
they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it.
You want something, go get it.