- Bilanich, Bud. "50 Famous People Who Failed at Their First Attempt at Career Success."Budbilanich.com. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://www.budbilanich.com/50-famous-people-who-failed-at-their-first-attempt-at-career-success/>.
Friday, March 27, 2015
The Worst Critic
Everyone has a negative opinion that is always bringing them down or down playing their accomplishments. They tend to get under our skin and can sometimes get us down, if we listen to them. It is hard to not listen to the nay sayers and after a while it is hard to block out all the noise. We start listening to all the negatives about ourselves and our performance and then the worst critic of all comes out, ourselves.
You can have a thousand people singing your praises, telling you how great you are at what you do, that you are a good person, with lots of talents, but if you don’t believe it, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter because the voice in your head speaks louder than any other and it doesn’t go away. If you don’t believe in yourself or your abilities then you will never accomplish anything. You won’t accomplish anything either because you will not even begin to attempt it or two get it started and about half way through give up because you have already given up on yourself. You critique yourself harder and harder with each project and with every wrong move you judge yourself even harder. You put yourself down, you tell yourself you can’t, and may eventually just tell yourself to give up.
No matter how life gets, the more difficult the tasks get you can not under any circumstances give up. By giving up or worse yet not even trying, you automatically lose. You will miss 100% of free throws that you don’t take. You will never cross the finish line every single time if you never start the race. There is never any chance that you hit the bulls eye if you don’t pull back on the string and let the arrow fly. Albert Einstein was considered mentally disabled and called stupid by his teachers. He also could not talk until he was four years old, yet he went on to win a Nobel Prize.1 The people who were educating him said that he could not learn or comprehend and were against him every step of the way, so instead of listening to those who put him down he found his own voice. Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he lacked imagination.2 Today millions of people from around the world know his name because of the joy he brought to life in his movies and theme parks. It took Thomas Edison 1,000 fails before he created the light bulb! He took those failures and turned them into experiences by stating that he simply did not fail but found 1,000 ways how to not make a light bulb.1
A thousand people can tell you that you are incapable of doing things and if you listen and believe them, they are right. On the other hand, if you choose to block them out and listen to your own voice and believe in yourself no matter what, then you can. Do not be your own worst critic, let your voice be the loudest and never give up, don’t be your own worst critic.
2. Feloni, Richard, and Ashely Lutz. "23 Incredibly Successful People Who Failed At First Read More:Http://www.businessinsider.com/successful-people-who-failed-at-first-2014-3?op=1#ixzz3VDC5w4o3." Businessinsider.com. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://www.businessinsider.com/successful-people-who-failed-at-first-2014-3>.