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Make a donation to a charity? Someone will tell you it’s the wrong charity.
Give to the homeless? Someone will tell you why that’s a bad idea.
Like a certain kind of music? Someone will tell you why it sucks.
Read a good book lately? Someone out there hates it.
Think something is funny? Someone won’t see the humor.
Have something cool you want to attempt? Someone will tell you not to bother because it’s already been done.
George Lucas, JK Rowling, The Beatles, and countless other success stories — all got rejected because someone thought there was something “wrong” with what they had to offer, but they all succeeded because they persisted anyway.
It should go without saying that no matter what you do or what your motivation is for doing it, there will almost always be someone to tell you that you’re doing it wrong.
At some point, you just have to learn to listen to your heart and your intuition and do what you feel is right, regardless of what the critics say. Because sometimes what’s considered wrong or flawed to one person, may be a work of genius to another.
Use feedback to make yourself, your actions, and your offerings more effective, but never give up doing what you want to do just because someone doesn’t “get it”.
Odds are, if you do anything worth doing and it initiates change for the greater good, someone somewhere isn’t going to like it.
Do it anyway.
- Rejection is neither an indication of value or talent
- The Circle of Like
- “That doesn’t count.”
- Likability. Being liked and unliked.
- There will always be someone better at something than you are
- You don’t have to wait for acceptance or permission to do great things
- You’ll never do great things unless you make the effort and try.
- Believing in yourself
- Not giving a damn is not the answer
- Offsite: Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams