Learn to Ignore Your Critics

By: George Verdolaga Building Your Brand 2 Comments Aug 29, 2011

Over the weekend, I watched Mayor Bloomberg order the evacuation of a quarter of a million New Yorkers, suspended subway operations and even shut down power in preparation for hurricane Irene’s arrival. Thankfully, not much property damage or death was inflicted by this rare but devastating occurrence. And kudos to the mayor for acting quickly and decisively.

And then last night I had to shake my head in disbelief as some New Yorkers who were interviewed afterwards commented on how he had “overreacted” and how “hugely unnecessary” some of the preparations were for Manhattanites, in particular. I realize that it must have been inconvenient – and even expensive – for a number of these people to move out of their homes temporarily. I just wonder what their reaction would have been had the storm caused more serious havoc and tremendous loss of life. He probably would have been praised as a real hero with tremendous foresight.

As it happens, there will always be people who will have something to say about our thoughts and actions. They don’t even have to be total strangers. Some of them might even be well-meaning members of our own families. So I’d recommend that you go ahead and do whatever it is that pleases you (provided that it’s ethical and legal and no one gets hurt, of course). Not everyone’s going to approve and they’ll even tell you why you shouldn’t do it in the first place, whether or not you ask for their opinion.

Achieving your goals does require having a bit of a thick skin and sometimes going it alone. It may also require smiling in the face of danger (or criticism, at least), incorporating best practices and doing what you think is best even though others may not agree.

2 Responses to “Learn to Ignore Your Critics”

  1. Maita says:

    So true. For as long as we keep our focus on achieving our objective which is for the “common good”, who cares about the hecklers 🙂 The US gov’t did a great job with their plan, response and recovery initiative.

  2. George Verdolaga says:

    Those New Yorkers were certainly lucky they got away with hardly a scratch. I think being overprepared isn’t such a bad thing. As for those hecklers… well, life’s full of them don’t you think? Thanks for your comments.

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