How to Think About Your Critics

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now It’s easier to be a critic than it is to be a creator. The critic has only to find fault. They believe that the value that they create is in tearing others down. In truth, the critic is so afraid of having their own work criticized that they can’t bring themselves to produce anything of their own. So instead, they criticize.The critic hates what he sees in you. He hates that you have the audacity, the courage, the bravery to put yourself out there, to create, to ship. Because he can’t bring himself to create, he hates you for being able to do what he himself cannot.But the critic still wants what you have. He wants to be thought of as a creator. He wants the audience. He wants the accolades. He wants the attention. And he will do or say anything to anything to get attention, mistakenly believing that all attention is good attention.You don’t owe the critic a response or reply. You don’t owe critic a defense of your creation. You don’t owe him your energy. His real struggle is not with you. His struggle is really with himself. There isn’t a single argument that you can make in defense of your work that will help the critic win the battle he is fighting with himself. Defending your work only feeds the critic, it doesn’t help him.Pity the TrollTrolls leave a trail of negativity, criticism, and vitriol behind (especially here in the social web). They don’t understand that in their desperate attempt to be noticed, they’re gaining attention for something so negative that only their brother and sister trolls pay them any heed. Instead of winning friends and influencing people, they alienate the very audience whose attention it is they seek.Trolls don’t know that their is no real audience for trolls. They don’t recognize how others perceive them.The only response to trolls is to ignore them. Feeding trolls only gives them the false impression that what they’re doing by criticizing you is actually creating, that it adds value. It doesn’t.You create because you are a creator. If you create because you want to win over the trolls, you’re creating for the wrong reasons. You create for the people that appreciate your creation. You create for the people that find value in what you do. And unless you are a troll, trolls are not your audience.Push the publish button.QuestionsHave you ever let your fear of the critic stop you from creating or publishing your work?Was your critic who you really had in mind at the birth of your creation?How should you feel about the fact that your work doesn’t resonate with people for whom it was never intended?The most important “block” button is not the one you can click on the web. It’s the one in your mind. Who do you have to be to press the real “block” button?last_img read more

‘Farmers must be given options to check stubble burning’

first_imgPunjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore on Friday said it was important that farmers were given the option to adopt alternative practices to ensure proper disposal of paddy residue instead of resorting to stubble burning.Expressing concern over the environmental hazards caused by the practice, Mr. Badnore said stubble burning was not only damaging the health of people but was also causing loss of organic components in soil.“There is a need to promote horticulture, cultivation of fruits and mushrooms in a big way to break the usual paddy-wheat crop cycle in Punjab,” he said at a workshop here on stakeholders’ initiative to address crop residue burning in the State.Mr. Badnore called for formulating a comprehensive strategy, including generating mass awareness among farmers, and providing available technologies at affordable prices.“I appreciate the progressive approach of the Punjab farmers and their in-depth knowledge about the latest farming techniques. Incentives must be given to farmers who have already adopted other alternatives and are not burning straw,” he said.Suresh Kumar, Chief Principal Secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, said the government will constitute a State-level advisory group to formulate some immediate action plan to check stubble burning in the State.“I urge experts to work towards reducing the silica content in straw and making it fit for animal consumption. States like Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, where there is a shortage of animal fodder, could be given the fodder at lower prices,” he added.last_img read more

Indian Super League: Kolkata snatch 1-1 draw against Mumbai in riveting tie

first_imgMumbai City FC paid the price for a late red card in the second half as Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Tuesday.In tune with the festive mood on Dussehra, the tie was a riveting affair from start to finish. First, the hosts reaped the dividend of a fantastic first half when Matias Defederico (27th) found the back of the net to go into the break with their noses in front.But the visitors were allowed an escape route back into the game when Mumbai City FC midfielder Pronay Halder was sent off with a second yellow card in the 72nd minute. Soon after the Alexandre Guimaraes coached side were reduced to 10-men; Javi Lara scored with a long-ranger to level things for the former champions.The stalemate ended Mumbai’s all-win record in the first two games, but helped them go top of the table with seven points from three outings. ATK on the other hand, moved to the third position after bagging five points from three matches.MARQUEES GIVE IT A MISSBoth sides missed their marquees in Diego Forlan (Mumbai City FC) and Helder Postiga (ATK). Bikramjit Singh was brought back in place of Jewel Raja after the former recovered from his injury. Mumbai benched Anwar Ali in favour of Brazilian Gerson.The hosts looked the likelier of the two sides to take the lead first after a barrage of attacks in the early exchanges forced ATK to drop deep into their own half. At one point, winger Sameehg Doutie was seen virtually playing at right back.advertisementAll the pressure Mumbai applied centred around Defederico who was brilliant throughout the half and was rightly the goalscorer.Aiborlang Khongjee lobbed the ball for Defederico who showed exemplary skills to bring down the ball with a superb first touch and then take on Arnab Mondal to fire past Debjit into the bottom right corner.There was a brief stoppage in play when Tiri clattered into teammate Borja Fernandes and the Spaniard had to be stretchered out, only to be back moments later.After the break, Iain Hume was replaced by Stephen Pearson raising a few eyebrows. Abhinas Ruidas was also drafted in by coach Molina to up the ante in place of the more defensive Bikramjit Singh.Ruidas injected the much-needed pace into ATK’s attacks and trying to contain the flurry of raids Pronay — already on a yellow card — committed a needless foul on Borja drawing the dreaded red card from the referee.Down to 10 men, Mumbai were always against the tide and ATK capitalised on the numerical advantage with the match on its last legs.Lara cut in from the left to let loose a rasping long-ranger that took a deflection off substitute Jackichand Singh to bulge the net.last_img read more