One thing I’ve learned over the years is that it’s easy to be a critic, but it’s a lot harder to actually do the things that get criticized. Many people have told me that my ideas are impossible, or too “out there” to work. But I keep at it because I have a vision and truly believed in what I can accomplish.
And you know what? The road may be difficult at times, but I succeed. And many others have succeeded as well when everyone thought it couldn’t be done. Take Elon Musk, for example. A lot of people say that Tesla isn’t going to last. They don’t believe he can succeed. But they aren’t looking at his track record, at the fact that he has succeeded in actually building a massive company, and he’s built four of them at that. I’d call that being extremely successful. Because it takes a lot to start a business, let alone make it last.
Anybody can be a critic. But not everybody can actually achieve the things they seek out. Too often, the critics who are the first to cut down an idea have never tried to do it themselves, so they have no idea what will work and what won’t – it’s just their opinion.
Now, there are certainly critics who speak from experience, and that is totally fine. If you’re in that business and you know something about the subject matter, and your opinion is provable and can be backed up by evidence, then that’s an entirely different matter and you get mad props for what you say. In fact, your opinion is quite valuable.
But for everyone else out there, think before you cut something down – think about the hard work it takes to just attempt something, then to make it thrive. And for all the hard workers out there working towards a dream or a “crazy” idea, know that despite what the critics say, you shouldn’t give up just because they say it. Keep going – you never know what could happen if you do.