Why You Need To Thicken Your Skin

When you make the claim to know anything about a certain topic, you are bound to be subject to a certain degree of criticism.

It’ll come from all angles. Your family, your peers, and especially from people who don’t agree with your point of view. More on that in a minute.

The more you write about a certain subject or topic, the more you tend to learn about it. It just naturally happens from you being exposed to it.

But at the same time, there are many other people out there writing or thinking or speaking about other topics that directly conflict with one another. And naturally, something about the human mind craves to always be right, and seeks to disprove anything it doesn’t currently agree with.

So if you are going to create any sort of place in the world, especially online in the form of an online business, you are undoubtedly going to encounter at least a few handfuls of people who are going to disagree with you and your overall message.

I’ve noticed that over the years I’ve become immune to this 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 and immediately begin judging your every move.

They will analyze you, make comments, discuss your appearance, and even discuss what they’ve overheard that you like to eat for dinner.

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 and nothing but supportive. However, once in a while, you’ll come across some people who will insist on starting some static.

One of the most common judgments people will tend to make about you (especially in a health-orientated field of business) is your physical appearance. Someone, somewhere, will notice every little thing about you, and at some point, make a comment about it.

Maybe you had a bad hair day, or you’ve been dipping into the almond butter jar(s) a little too frequently. Someone will notice.

And that’s okay. Because ultimately if you are going to create a successful business for yourself and take the stand to make a place for yourself in the world, naturally someone, somewhere, is going to put up a little resistance towards that.

My advice would be to let it fall gracefully off your back and don’t pay any attention to it. The more you focus on the negativity you receive, the more of it you seem to get!

Focus on your goals and what you want to attain with your business, and remind yourself regularly why you are doing what you’re doing. Maybe it’s so you can be financially independent, or so that you can work from anywhere and travel the world. Whatever your reasons, remind yourself of them regularly.

Someone once said that the best thing about the Internet is that it gives everyone a voice. This is great, but bare in mind that means EVERYONE. And some people are just insistent on judging others, and they are bound to find things to judge.

There’s something about the Internet that people seem to think that it’s different from everyday communication with people you actually see. That’s still a real person (with a name, family, job, and so on) behind the keyboard!

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.

Personally, as long as I bring value to people in sharing what I do, I don’t care if 5% don’t like me or what I have to say.

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.

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