Why You Shouldn’t Let Critics Get You Down
Receiving criticism is never fun, especially when it’s about something you’ve worked hard on or truly care about. However, successful entrepreneurs like Grant Cardone know that they can’t let criticism hold them back. Here’s why:
Receiving criticism means people are paying attention to you
Receiving criticism means that you’re taking enough action and doing enough to be noticed. Even if it doesn’t feel like it, this is a good thing! “It’s a sign that you are making the right moves in the right volumes, getting enough attention, and making enough of a splash. Receiving criticism is a sure fire sign that you are well on your way,” insists Grant. Sure, you could lay low enough to avoid attention (and consequently, criticism), but wouldn’t that mean you were holding yourself back to some degree? Trust us: Criticism is a good sign!
Criticism often comes from a place of jealousy
No one likes being criticized, but you should ask yourself who is doing the critiquing before you let it get to you. Is it coming from people whose opinion’s you truly value? Or people who aren’t on your level anyway? “When you start taking enough action, it won’t be long before you’re judged by others who aren’t taking any,” says Grant. If you’re taking massive amounts of action to change your life and your business, people who aren’t will begin to envy you. “Weak and overwhelmed individuals respond to others’ success by attacking it,” Grant advises. Don’t let it get you down.
Everyone makes mistakes
Let’s say you receive a piece of criticism that holds some truth to it. It’s not just because people are paying attention to you, and it also comes from someone you truly respect. This can be tough to handle and accept, but even in this scenario, criticism shouldn’t hold you back – It should push you forward! Remember: everyone makes mistakes, and someone pointing them out can give you the opportunity to learn from them. “I have spent 30 years making mistakes and taking action—all of which has allowed me to develop some level of discipline that I have not always had,” admits Grant. The toughest criticism can push you to improve yourself in ways you never would have without it.
Learning to accept criticism without getting discouraged is one of the most important aspects of being a successful entrepreneur, but there are plenty of other things that you have to learn as well! Register for a 10X Success event here to hear all of our advice in person.