Throughout your life, everyone you deal with is a human being, and as human beings, we are far from perfect…There will be times that you are criticized in ignorance.
There are these underlying human characteristics that can pop up from time to time, and it is important to remember them when receiving criticism. Some people have very limited points of view, which are based on limited life experiences. Some people have a lot of pride. Some people have had experiences in their life that made them extremely cautious.
If you are very passionate about what you do, then at some point (I know from experience), you will meet people who are jealous of what you have accomplished. Maybe you will meet people who will resent you for the work that you do. Maybe you will meet someone who comes from a different background than you and will judge you.
Take a look at your family for example. Let's say you have a very successful job in the corporate world. You make really good money, you can support your family perfectly, but there is something missing for you. You want more out of life, you want to have a bigger impact on others and you want more financial freedom (i.e. a Venus Warrior).
So, you quit your job and you join the world of entrepreneurship or direct sales. What kinds of criticism do you think you will get from your family? What criticism have you received from your family? How about from your friends? Probably not the most positive-sounding criticism. Am I right? I will wait until you stop nodding your head.
But think about how that criticism can actually benefit you! These people will share the worst things that can happen by making this change. These people will tell you that you're not good enough for this kind of venture. They may say who do you think you are?
And all of this will be the exact perfect fuel for your fire. This will give you incredible self-confidence. The “watch me” attitude.
What you MUST remember: if you have a passion for what you do, you need to find the positive in every criticism. No matter where the criticism comes from or why you are receiving it, there is always a positive. Ultimately, criticism is what will help you do better in your life.
I can, and I will...Watch me. - Liz Lima