Updated: Feb 23
It is easy to be a critic. It is easy to judge a person, event or situation after it happens. "I would have..." "they should have..." "I cannot believe they..." All weak statements. Critics have the luxury of second guessing, individuals, organizations or teams. I like to tell myself, when I am actively participating in society as a teacherpreneur and coach, I will be subject to criticism.
There are many reasons one may be criticized. Here are "The 30 Most Common Reasons People Might Criticize You". It is not a bad thing, if put in perspective.
Here is how I utilize criticism; constructively (when warranted), as motivation to push forward, or I often ignore it. Through self-reflection I can filter the good and the bad criticism from outside sources. A strong emotional intelligence is crucial.
Leaders, creators, entrepreneurs do not worry about the criticism of others, they just keep moving forward. Authors, politicians, entertainers, inventors, coaches, actors, and business people, often have setbacks before they experience success.
I strongly encourage you to click and read "48 Famous Failures Who Will Inspire You To Achieve". I was surprised at many of the names on the list. To me, the important part of any list you may read like this, is the names NOT ON IT! Many individuals give up after setbacks or criticism. Those on the list struggled and persevered.
It is difficult to silence critics, but I use their "criticism" as a positive force in my life. I created the C.R.I.T.I.C.I.S.M. acronym to remind myself that I control my thoughts and actions, no one else. It encourages me to move forward with my goals and purpose.
At the end of the day, I would much rather be criticized, then be the critic. It means I am being productive and W.H.O.L.E.