Beating Criticism – Day 190 of 365 Days to a Better You

American philosopher Elbert Hubbard once wrote, “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

If you seek to make a splash in this world, it’s inevitable you’re going to garner criticism. Many allow their critics to sour them on their dreams and steal their victories. Please, please, please don’t be one of those people.

But, how do you avoid becoming a statistic of the dream vampires? The late American journalist David Brinkley had one of the most succinct and inspiring answers I’ve ever heard. Brinkley once said, “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

This advice doesn’t avoid Hubbard’s truth. It accepts that the bricks will fly. It calmly suggests that you take them and build something constructive of them. I’d suggest going even one step further than Brinkley. Don’t just build a foundation of the bricks. Build your castle. Build your empire. Let your critics supply the firepower and the energy you need to push you onto your finish line.

You’re here to say great things, do great things, be great things. Don’t cave into people whose only dream is to steal yours.

You’re awesome! Keep going. Your mountaintop is closer today than it was yesterday.


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Ray Davis - The Affirmation Spot

I am the Founder of The Affirmation Spot, author of Annuanki Awakening, and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. My latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation (Book 1 of a trilogy) and The Power to Be You: 417 Daily Thoughts and Affirmations for Empowerment. I have written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential for many years. By day, I write sales training for Fortune 100 company. I began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. My thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, I have melded these ideas into my own philosophy on self-development. I have written, recorded, and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve my own life and I have a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Spring Hill, Ks with his wife.

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