Today marks 10,000 HITS on my blog, Alhumdullilaah!
A lot of people have told me, straight away, that they don’t like what I write, or they don’t like my writing style. Some even say I don’t make much sense. You can imagine far worse things being said behind my back !
But I always ask myself this-
Should I believe them and waste my time thinking about all the negative comments I have received ? Or should I believe the 4069 visitors from 95 countries, the people who come to me and tell me how much I inspire them, people who have contributed to my success, my well wishers, my family and friends?
Rome wasn’t built in a day. And as far as my knowledge goes, all the greatest writers weren’t as well!
What drives me insanely optimistic is the fact that I’m trying the best I can.
Someone once told that Shakira sounded like a goat, that Shahrukh khan doesn’t know how to act, Ed sheeran sounds like a crying beaver, that JK Rowling doesn’t have diversity in her writing, Sophia Veragara and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan look like witches ( Aishwarya Rai being Miss World 1994, mind you !) and that list is endless !
There are two conclusions from the above examples-
1. People will keep criticizing no matter how good you are.
2. No amount of criticism every stopped them from moving forward and trying. Had any one of them stopped doing what they were the first time they were criticised, they wouldn’t have left behind legacies !
I’ll elaborate the above conclusions –
A. People will/ will not like what you do. They want to see you do what suits them. But since when are we living our lives in everybody else’s terms ? Opinions are subjective.
B. Success isn’t guranteed. But if you don’t learn how to channel the negativity, your failure is guranteed!
C. Listen what people have to say. Keep those words that will profit you. Ignore the words which will threaten you and endanger your mental peace.
D. I have repeatedly said this in my previous posts that you have to take chances.
What if I fall?
But what if you fly?
E. I personally derive motivation from all the criticism I get. Keeps me focused. It makes me laugh that people are trying to pull me down. But nah nah, you aren’t succeeding today !
When you fly, people will throw stones. Make sure you fly higher, so that those stones don’t hurt you.
F. Don’t let negativity get to your mind and heart. You have to lose in order to win. And if you can’t handle criticism and negativity, you sure can’t handle praise and victory !
Let me know how you channel negativity and overcome them in the comments below.