Chapter 18

Criticism Is a Sign of Success

Although getting criticized is certainly not the best feeling in the world, I have great news: Receiving criticism is a surefire sign that you are well on your way. Criticism is not something that you want to avoid; rather, it's what you must expect to come your way once you start hitting it big.

Criticism is defined as the judgment of the merits and faults of the work or actions of one individual by another. Although “criticizing” does not necessarily mean “to imply fault,” the word is often taken to mean prejudice or disapproval. The dictionary fails to include the following helpful bit of information: When you start taking the right amount of action and therefore creating success, criticism is often not far behind.

Of course, most people don't like being criticized. However, I've found that it comes as a natural result of getting attention. This may be why some people avoid attention in the first place—as an attempt to dodge judgment. However, there's no way to achieve serious levels of success without getting some attention. Yes, people will eye you and make it clear that they disapprove of what you're doing. Let's face it: No matter what choices you make in life, someone is going to criticize you somewhere along the way. Wouldn't you rather receive it from people who are jealous of your success than from your family, boss, or bill collectors for not taking enough action?

When you start taking enough action, it won't be long before ...

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