The fear of failure is an insidious evil that paralyzes too many otherwise talented and creative people from ever attempting to go “public” with their life goals, because they fear the embarrassment, exposure, or humiliation they think will come once someone else criticizes them.
In general, people don’t handle criticism of any kind very well. Just read the way people respond to trolls on YouTube, and you’ll see the most vitriolic bantering as content creators try to respond to people whose sole objective is to piss them off. It’s like the brother or sister who teased you when you were young—the more you screamed, the more they teased you.
It does little good to protest against critics, and what they have to say really doesn’t matter much anyway, does it? Is this issue their criticism, or is it your sensitivity and insecurity?
The Opinions of the Lazy Mean Nothing
Keep in mind that anyone with any real expertise is going to offer you constructive criticism, because any one worth their salt, achieved excellence by demonstrating character and consistency. Such persons don’t tend to be jack asses when it comes to helping someone else.
The critics that bother and stop most creative people are the ones that actually produce nothing. You’ve heard the phrase “arm-chair quarterback,” right? It means someone who sits in a recliner with beer and chips expounding with great expertise at how the professional quarterback doesn’t know what he’s doing. Seriously, how much credence do you want to give people like that?
The Fear of Man is Slavery
Real producers will offer you the type of criticism that will make you better. That’s the type of criticism you should embrace. The opinions of those who know nothing, do nothing, but have the self-assurance of an expert, should be given all the attention they deserve: NONE.
The fear of man is slavery, because it chains you down from maximizing your resources. What’s most disturbing is that these shackles are made of cheap plastic, and they’re all in your mind. Break ‘em off and deliver the goods!