Listen to Your Critics – Just Don’t Believe Them!

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. ~ Sir Winston Churchill

by Pete Ferguson

My violin-playing daughter – Abbie – is a huge Lindsey Sterling fan. In 2010, Lindsey was kicked off the America’s Got Talent television show for sounding like “strangled rats” as Piers Morgan stated.

“You’re not good enough – I don’t think – to be flying through the air and trying to play at the same time.”

Sharon Osborn chimed in: “The problem with you is that you need to be in a group I think. You need a singer and find a group of people to work with. And I don’t think what you are doing right now is enough to fill a theater in Vegas … you need a group.”

Fast forward three years and Lindsey is touring the world and a You Tube sensation with millions of views.

She listened. She’s made some changes and upgrades. Now she is headlining a world tour and her fans can’t get enough of her. My daughter is counting down the days until we see her on the 29th in Salt Lake.

Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.~ Andy Warhol

When you are working to launch a book, movie, business or other project, you will have many “experts” tell you what you can and cannot do.

Listen to them objectively. Decipher if they are coming from a constructive or destructive route, and then apply what is needed and move forward despite their predictions.

If Henry Ford had listened to his critics, he would have found a faster horse to pull his buggy instead of inventing a car.

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” ~ Aristotle

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