You just want to say, “worry about yourself”......
In the 2013 college football season, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was asked a question by a reporter concerning the past performances of upcoming opponent, Iowa. The question was an obvious attempt to persuade Coach Meyer into speaking negatively and question the effectiveness of the Iowa program. Urban Meyer simply said, “Have you seen them play?” He then proceeded to speak on the positive aspects of what Iowa would bring to the game. Instead of creating what would be bulletin board material for Iowa, he delivered a gracious amount of respect toward the opposing program. If he had critical thoughts of Iowa, he was likely keeping them to himself and learning from them. He was worrying about himself (more importantly, his program) and the approaching task of creating a game-winning plan.
Critics fail to realize their time is wasted. They seldom offer solutions, and all too often eat their own words. Yes, it’s quite thoughtful, in a sarcastic sense, how critics are concerned about others, but they truly don’t realize their criticism is taking time away from their own endeavors, while also creating an unproductive and pointless distraction for the receiver or activity, which they are criticizing. Thus, the critics remain stuck in the useless, bottomless, and rubbished hole constructed from their own words and actions.
A quote from Galileo is a good summary: “I never met a man, so ignorant, that I couldn’t learn something from him”.
If you've ever been criticized, fear not, you are not alone. Keep in mind, we can all learn something from critics.
- Mr. Sims