Being an entrepreneur means making a lot of important decisions, and the decisions you make will often please some, and displease others.Â Some people might even go to the extent of publicly criticizing you for some of your decisions.Â Â And in some cases, your worst critics can even be those closest to you.Â For some people, it can become difficult to continue to move forward in the face of harsh or unyielding criticism, but by remembering some of the points below, you'll be able to overcome any critics and focus on what's most important: building a successful business.
1. Know that you cannot satisfy everyone.
Having a strong belief in yourself and your abilities is easier when you realize that you will never be able to satisfy everybody.Â Once you notice that there are some people who simply can't be satisfied, you'll begin to see these critics as the minority, and you'll no longer take what they have to say to heart.
2. Recognize that misery loves company.
There are a lot of people out there who are going nowhere with their lives, and at times it feels as though they don't want others to succeed, since they aren't succeeding.Â Once you understand that these types of people are going nowhere, it will be a lot easier for you to focus on your goals and be successful.Â There are some people who will criticize your every move, but never let these types of people get in the way of your success.
When you notice these people criticizing you, don't allow yourself to take their criticism to heart. In fact, distancing yourself from them as much as possible is a very good way to handle them. They'll eventually tire of being ignored and move on.
3. Sometimes it's best to do absolutely nothing.
Attempting to convince your critics, or reacting to them in any way, will only give them an ego boost, and will most likely result in even more criticism from them.Â There is a great saying that goes something like, "The best answer for a fool is silence."Â By responding to the fool, he thinks he's important, and will continue to spout negativity in your direction.Â Ignoring the fool shows how unimportant he is to you, and he's likely to move on.
4. Try observing the criticism.
Regardless of how difficult criticism may be to hear at times, there very well might be a little bit of truth in what they're saying, so it's important to observe their criticism in the proper way.Â Pay attention to the numbers of people who disagree with you. If over 50% of your circle of influence disagrees with you, then you might consider that you are the one who's wrong.Â However, if the number of people who disagree is much smaller, like 10%, then you'll know you're on the right track.
5. Remember: Criticism = Progress
Criticism can be seen as a sign of progress.Â If you're not very well known, you aren't likely to get criticized, aside from family and friends.Â The fact that people are noticing you enough to criticize is proof that you are, in fact, progressing.Â Always consider the source of the criticism as well. If the person dishing out the hate talk just happens to be in the same field or niche that you're in, chances are that they're simply jealous of your success and are doing whatever they can to try to hinder you.
You've got so much to achieve with your business. The last thing you need is to be slowed down by critics.Â So keep the above points in mind, and don't let anyone hold you down!
Matthew Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur, and Investor. He Co-Founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Adam. Matthew is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.