How to be immune to criticism

I’ve noticed that over the years I’ve become immune to criticism. If you start writing books about health, there’s no doubt that people are going to start seeing you as some kind of guru.

They will judge you, make comment, discuss your appearance.

They’re going to analyze your every move!

The question is: is your skin thick enough to take the heat?

Most people will be extremely positive. However, once in a while, you’ll come across some rude comments.

For example, recently someone made a comment on my blog, saying “Oh my Frederic. When I look at your picture on your blog, I’m shocked by how much you’ve aged!”

In the past, I would have felt offended by this. Now, this doesn’t affect me at all.

Why? I know that some people tend to have unrealistic expectations and be very judgmental.
The comment was made in one article where I posted pictures of me when I was 21. I’m 34 now, so 13 years have passed. Some people in the natural health movement think you’re somehow supposed to show no sign of aging for the rest of your life!

I don’t know a single raw food guru that’s not being criticized for his appearance by some people.

For example, the low-fat people are criticizing the other gurus for looking fat.

The other camp is criticizing the low-fat gurus for looking old or being bald.

Then if you make it to a respectable age, like 85, you might be criticized for not looking like you’re 60 anymore.

Sometimes, when a natural health guru dies at a relatively old age, like 90, there’s a group of people who will criticize him saying, “How come he died so young?” Even though the average life expectancy for men is only 75!

My advice?

Don’t pay attention to the negativity.

Someone said that the great thing about the Internet is that it gives everyone a voice, and the worst thing about the Internet is that it gives everyone a voice, including the naysayers.

Many online newspapers are having a real problem trying to eliminate all of this negativity in comments from people who have nothing better to do than criticize people, hiding behind the anonymity of their computer.

As long as I bring value to people, I don’t care if there’s a 5% that don’t like me.
In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that if you don’t get some negative comments on a regular basis, you’re probably doing something wrong.

Getting some negative comments, as well as positive ones, means that people are paying attention to what you have to say. They hold you in high regard, and that’s why they’re going to scrutinize you.

If that can console you, think of what politicians have to endure on a daily basis!

I say go for it, and don’t worry what people are going to say.

Yours for health and success,

Frederic

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