Achieving Greatness

People will always criticize. The difference between a successful person and an average person is how much criticism they can take. Average people cannot take much criticism, so they remain average all their lives. They fail to be leaders. Average people live in fear of what someone else might say or think of them, so they live their lives going along and getting along with all of the other average people.

People are always critical of other people. If people are criticizing you, at least they’ve noticed you. You’ve given them something to talk about. You’ve given them something to break the boring monotony of their lives. Be worried if no one is criticizing you. The only thing worse than being criticized is not being criticized.

Most people feel safer in the herd of the average, living in fear of being criticized or being different. Most people find it easier to be average, to be normal, to hide, doing exactly what the herd does, just going along just to get along. The fear of being criticized is the biggest fear of most people. It is the fear of ostracism, the fear of being different, of standing outside of the herd. Many people just join the herd and hide inside it because of fear. That is the reason so few people ever achieve greatness.

If you can learn to handle criticism, you learn something valuable for your life. Some people will love you no matter what you do, some people will dislike you regardless of your efforts, and some people don’t care either way. Your job is to ignore the people who will never like you and do your best with the rest. That’s it.

Robert T. Kiyosaki