I was having dinner with my wife and two sons and fell into a discussion about respect -- about who deserved it and who did not. I was of the opinion that everyone deserved it. My oldest son, Max, then 12, was not so sure. "For instance," he offered, "I don't respect you, Dad, because you're not a success."
When someone condemns our work, comments unkindly on our appearance, judges our parenting style or disapproves of any of our actions, it is a pure and total reflection of them, not us. Take relief and comfort that a critic's words often have nothing to do with you at all. Here are six reasons critics can be a good thing in your life:
Since most of us cannot see beyond the immediate past and future, it takes a giant leap of faith to trust that fate is not against us. But if you at least be open to such an outlook, you'd find that your experience of disappointments drastically changes. You start feeling less victimized by circumstance and fear, and more inclined to follow the most constructive course of action.