by Niall Doherty

Nothing you do will ever be good enough.

There will always be critics. There will always be detractors. Someone will always be disappointed in you, angry with you, belittling everything you’ve accomplished.

Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest men who ever lived. He had a lot of critics during his lifetime, constant opposition to what he was trying to accomplish. He embodied truth, love and non-violence, and was assassinated for his troubles.

Martin Luther King is a similar story. Same with that dude named Jesus from way back.

Today, you can look to the sports world for easy examples. While Michael Phelps was busy performing unprecedented Olympic feats in 2008, internet trolls were busy criticizing his diet. He should be eating wholewheat bread instead of white bread? Really? I think the white bread worked just fine.

Need another example? Kobe Bryant reinvented himself as a team player to win two NBA championships. People hate that guy.

So if the best people in the history of the world and today’s top sports stars can’t please everyone, there’s not much hope for you and me.

But I see this as a good thing

Here’s why: Since nothing we do will ever be good enough for everyone, we can view criticism as inevitable and just roll with it rather than letting it get us down. As long as you feel you’re giving your best to the world and living your values, that’s all the validation you need.

So keep your head up, brush off that criticism, and rock on with your legendary self.


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