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How to Deal with Criticism

How to Deal with Criticism

Criticism is hard to take. Criticism is the biggest stumbling block we have when putting ourselves out there in the world. But the thing is, in life, you will rarely be able to do anything without dealing with some type of criticism. It doesn’t matter what type of lifestyle or career you have you will deal with criticism. You deal with criticism from being a parent, a partner, a friend, a colleague, the list can go on and on.

So it is important to know how to deal with criticism because no matter what you do criticism will always be there. One of my favorite quotes regarding criticism is by Theodore Roosevelt. The quote goes like this:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

What this quote is saying is that the most important thing that we can do is to keep trying even if we make mistakes, even if we fail. The credit lies in our attempts. We will never truly know ourselves and what we can accomplish without trial and error. It is better to be the man/woman in the arena than the man/woman on the sidelines who are afraid to even try and criticize those that do.

So what we need to remember is to to keep on following our path to our dreams. There may be people who criticize but we have to keep on going down our path anyways.We should not strive to never try anything at all because of fear of criticism. The only people’s opinions who should matter to us would be our mentors, people in the same situation and lifestyle as us, and people who truly care for us.

Next time someone criticizes you ask these 3 questions:

  1. Who is this person in relation to me?
  2. Is this person or has this person been in a similar situation to me for which they are criticizing?
  3. Does their opinion matter to me?

After this you can make a better decision as to what you should think and feel about their criticism.

This month use the 3 questions from above to guide you when dealing with criticism from others. Let me know what you learned about yourself and how you deal with criticism in the comment below!

What is your purpose?

What is your purpose?

The other day I was watching an interview of Cheryl Strayed, author of the famous memoir Wild. She spends a lot of time teaching writing classes and the questions she asks her students to answer are:  

What is the question at the core of your work? What question are you trying to answer for others?

After hearing these words the questions really stuck with me. I was thinking about these questions a lot. I believe these questions are important because they can pertain to real life in general. These questions help you to find your purpose of why you are here and what you are trying to accomplish.

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50 Free Activities to do with your kids

50 Free Activities You Can Do With Your Kids

Do you want to spend time with your kids without having to spend a bunch of money? Here are 50 Free Activities You Can Do With Your Kids:

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How to Deal with Difficult People

How to Deal with Difficult People

There are always difficult people that you will have to deal with in your life. You cannot avoid them entirely because they are everywhere. Difficult people can invade your thoughts and life at work, at home, and anywhere in the world. Difficult people can make you feel all kinds of negative emotions- anxious, stressed, frustrated, sad, angry. These emotions when tolerated for long periods of time can slowly eat away your life. It’s best to know how to deal with difficult people in order to live a full and happy life without being bombarded by negative emotions.

Here are some tips to on how to deal with difficult people in your daily life:

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How To Blog For Money

How to Blog for Money

Have you ever wanted to make money blogging?

In this day and age many bloggers are able to make money through blogging. We’ve all heard those stories of people quitting their jobs after creating money-making blogs where they were earning 5 or 6-figure incomes. The background of the blogger doesn’t seem to matter with gaining profit or followers. ANYONE can create a blog with the right tutorials and resources. Read my post here on how to create a blog.

There are several ways that you as a blogger can get paid through blogging. Here are The Top 5 Ways That You Can Get Paid to Blog:

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