Treat Critics As One Note Wonders

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“My dear, young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Cut a few and it will be perfect.”

Do you remember this line from the movie Amadeus? Mozart had to resist, respond and create despite the myopathy of his highly influential Emperor critic. You can too and you must. The absurdity of the scene and the comments are the point. I can picture the scene now. Watch the movie. It’s been awhile since I have seen it but I so remember it and how it impacted me. Critics in your career and critics as a whole are a dime a dozen. In fact they have multiplied like rabbits on social media through their unstoppable seeming wash of opinions. But when you know your brand, know your capabilities, work on and believe in your craft and know you have the character to deliver achievements you must not let them hurt your psyche.

These critics sometimes even mean well. They come in all sizes shapes and they possess infectious smiles some of them. But the damage I have seen them do to kids they coach and career advancers I coach is poison. Don’t let their lack of vision affect your bigger vision. Sure, your critics can sometimes be good for you. They can motivate you to prove them wrong so you don’t always have to resist them physically or mentally but you must resist their negativity emotionally.

From the movie “Amadeus”

Work on your craft. Work on your brand. Think about what you want to accomplish in your work and your work life mission. Whatever music you sing sing it. Whatever you have to offer that helps and encourage others find platforms to use it and display it.