In listening to a recent meditation track from Headspace as part of a recent clarity break, the focus of the clip was on this:
Praise and criticism are two sides of the same coin. If we believe in one, we believe in the other. Better not to get attached to either.
A similar thought was written by Jack Canfield, in his excellent book The Success Principles:
What others think about you is none of your business.
That’s easier said than done, for sure. We all care what others think, and I’m no exception. As part of writing daily, though, I’m almost certain to come to a poor conclusion or take the wrong side of an argument.
Seth Godin, who I’ve mentioned on this blog many times, has said repeatedly that he’d continue to blog every day even if no one read it. He’s writing primarily for himself, not for us. That’s what I’m trying to do as well.
Hopefully the the process of thinking through my thoughts via this writing will lead to mostly good conclusions. When I get praise for my thoughts, I’ll enjoy that and move on. When criticized, I’ll try to just learn from that and move on as well.