OPINION: Haters Gonna Hate, So Ignore Them

OPINION: Haters Gonna Hate, So Ignore Them

A nice slice of life wisdom from Chris Shiflett, who is a studiomate of Tina Roth Eisenberg (who, incidentally, writes swissmiss, one of the best design blogs out there):

I always take more pleasure in liking something than in disliking something. That’s not to say there aren’t some things that deserve to be liked and some things that deserved to be disliked, but I’m never fond of disliking something.

The lesson I’ve learned is to be wary of those who are. The ones who seem to think that being critical is the same as having good taste. Those people almost never have good taste, so their opinions don’t matter.

There’s no particular sophistication required to be a critic. We know this, because children often dislike foods they learn to love as adults.

So, even if what you’ve done isn’t so great, just remember that those who can’t say so with grace, those who seem to take pride in criticizing you, their opinions don’t matter. It may very well be that you’ve created a masterpiece, and they’re just children.

If you can learn to be a fair judge of yourself, you won’t feel the need to rely on other people’s opinions.

One of the greatest markers of wisdom and a strong self-identity is not being unduly beholden to the opinion of others.


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