How to Gain Confidence Tips – Ignore Criticism

Published: 05th March 2010
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Do you have something that you'd really like to do but your fear of what others will say stops you from doing it? If so, you're not alone.

Many people will stop themselves from pursuing new opportunities or chasing their dreams because of the fear of what friends, family or colleagues will say.

As Napoleon Hill said in the classic book Think and Grow Rich:
"The fear of criticism robs man of his initiative, destroys his power of imagination, limits his individuality, takes away his self-reliance"

I don't think many people like criticism. It can really hurt to have people say bad things about you and what you are doing. It would be nice to be able to become successful without attracting criticism. But guess what? Success attracts criticism.

By doing anything that causes change (including becoming successful or chasing a dream), you will attract criticism mainly from people who fear that your success or aspirations will make them look bad.

In fact, you could almost say that if you aren't attracting criticism you probably aren't doing enough to succeed. The criticism that you attract is because you are becoming more successful and becoming a threat to others. Since there will always be people who are threatened by others' success.

Successful people must be confident enough to withstand criticism. They must be strong enough to believe that what they are doing is right and good for them. Without confidence, success is difficult, since there will always be people ready to tell you that what you're doing is "impossible".

Don't let this stop you from doing what you need to do. One of the best confidence tips to remember when you are criticized is that criticism is common and over-rated.

As Jean Sebelis said "Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic."

The real antidote to criticism is a strong self-confidence. Build yours up and you will be able to face down the harshest of critics!


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