Sunday, March 27, 2011

Are You a Creator or a Criticizer?

A teacher in a kindergarten was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. Occasionally she would walk around to see each child's artwork. As she walked to one of the little girls who was laboring diligently, the teacher asked what the drawing was. The little girl replied, "I'm drawing God." The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like." Without missing a beat or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute."


Does the above story sounds a bit familiar? You see people with momentum all share one similar trait: they attract criticism. How you respond to those criticism will determine the rate of your momentum. We can't deny that all great people get great criticism. So we have to learn how to accept and expect the unjust criticisms for your great goals and accomplishments. Criticizers are everywhere and we are bound to coexist with them whether we like it or not.

It can be beneficial to receive constructive criticism from those who have your best interests at heart, however you are not responsible to respond to those who don't. Remember that you should never give your precious time to a critic; instead, invest it with a friend. I love what Edward Gibbon said, "I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect." So are your opinions being respected? It's a million times easier to criticize than to create. That's why critics are never problem solvers.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most do.
~Dale Carnegie~

Do you agree that the person who keeps on saying this and that cannot be done, shouldn't interrupt the one's doing it? Critics are the ones who know the answers without having probed deep enough to really know the questions. A Yiddish proverb says, "A critic is like the girl who can't dance so she says the band can't play." The critic is always convinced that the chief purpose of sunshine is to cast shadows. He doesn't believe anything, but he still wants you to believe in him. Isn't this baffling? So none of us should waster our time responding to critics, because we owe them nothing!

"We have no more right to put our discordant states of mind into the 
lives of those around us and rob them of their sunshine and brightness
than we have to enter their houses and steal their silverware."
~Julia Seton~

Don't be little- be big, and don't become a critic. In criticizing others, remember that you will work overtime for no payment at all. Never throw mud. If you do, you may hit your target, but you will end up with dirty hands. Never be a cloud just because you fail to become a star. Instead we should, "Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others." Spend your time and energy creating, not criticizing.