CRITICISM: A quote by Elbert Hubbard

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To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Being criticised is not the nicest feeling in the world. It does feel a bit of a downer when you pour your heart and soul into something, a poem, a photograph, a graphic, or a short story, and then someone comes along and criticises. While it may make you want to burst a vessel and bang them over the head with the nearest moveable object, stop and think. While there are plenty of trolls and ‘people-with-nothing-better-to-do’ who criticise your work just to cause trouble or for criticism’s sake – if it is constructive criticism, then don’t take it to heart. By listening to such criticism, as much as it may burn you up a bit inside, you can learn something new and improve upon what you’ve done. So in fact that critic may well turn out to be your angel in disguise.

No-one is above criticism, but being criticised in a kind, intelligent and constructive manner can help you improve your talents and abilities, whether that is writing a novel, or cooking a decent spaghetti bolognese. Chances are they are only trying to help.

Critics can help improve things. Indeed a lot of our inventions, policies and the products we use only succeeded because people had a critical and evaluative input into the processes that brought them about. If people weren’t saying “This is good, but I think this could be better”; we’d probably still be living in the Stone Age, clubbing each over the head and grunting. And I’m sure even the Neanderthals must have critiqued each other’s cavern paintings.

The above quote was originally thought up by Elbert Hubbard  (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915), who was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. It was today shared on Twitter by Australian author Ben Brown and retweeted by my follower ‘Hinduism Glance’, a religious blogger.

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