Thankfully, I was born with the ability to ignore most…somewhat. I’ve had to ignore my parents, and their outdated ideologies from basically day one. I’ve spent my life pretty much feeling like not just the outsider, but the outsider people are so desperately trying to push into a game she doesn’t want to play.
Having to go it alone, I’ve made mistakes. Some I’m still learning to let go. But I’m not going to lie, I like my view and I like the game I’m playing.
Hopefully, you’ll have people in your corner fighting for you and not against you. However, even if you do, more than likely, you, too, are going to encounter not just critics, but people who will dismiss you even after you’ve achieved success. You will never win trying to prove yourself to them, because you’re not playing their game. So, stop trying.
This, I confess, took me a long time to understand. I thought sooner or later those naysayers would come on board. Some have. Some haven’t. Then I remembered, the person easiest to change is me.
So, you’ll just have to ignore the critics. It’s not easy, and I can’t tell you how to do it. All I can do is guide you back to believing in yourSelf, your talents, your gut. Take stock of what you have to offer and ignore most everything else, except of course, constructive criticism. Give that some thought.
I promise you’ll like the view. Unless, of course, you want the naysayer’s life, then ignore me and yourSelf and do exactly what they do.
Just a note…there’s an old Hindu saying that goes like this, “If we all swept off our own front porch, the world would be a better place.”