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If You’re Not Getting Critics, You’re Doing It Wrong.

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“The more bold you are, the more rejection you’ll experience.” -Todd Henry

You’ll know you’re making progress when the critics come out.

Critics confirm greatness.

This is a lesson that took me years to figure out. For over 4 years, I blogged with nothing to show for it. A huge reason was because I was terrified of criticism, so I constantly edited myself to make sure that “no one could get offended” by what I wrote.

The result? No one got offended or left mean comments.

…But this was mostly because my writing was so lifeless and boring, no one ever read it.

Hooray?

The most successful people in the world usually have the most critics. They’ve made a stand, and committed to a vision that many people won’t like (but some people will love).

It’s easy to be vanilla. Everyone is fine with vanilla. Vanilla gets no complaints.

But very few people are crazy about vanilla.

As long as you’re watering down your true, potent message for the sake of avoiding criticism, you’ll never be able to connect with that group of people that would become your most loyal fans.

“You can either be judged because you created something or ignored because you left your greatness inside of you.” -James Clear

But I’ve also come to realize that negative backlash means I’m going in the right direction. It means I’m saying something important enough to attract criticism. Most people never risk so much that they get criticized. In a way, it’s an honor.

Criticism, cynicism, and doubting are a sign you’re on the right track. Keep digging. You’re on to something huge.

“Would you be as successful if you followed all the rules and always behaved and never took chances? No, you’d be just like everyone else, scared about failing and worried about being liked.” -Tim Grover

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