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Our natural reaction to criticism is to defend ourselves, our positions and our opinions. We want to try to convince other to see the merits in our cases. However, the successful persons reaction to criticism must be non-reaction. It has been told to me by several successful people and wealthy business owners that: “successful people are immune to criticism. "

Well, in order to build up an immunity you must first have exposure. Therefore, don't fret the first time you get some push back on your products, services or ideas - it is a sign of growth.

You won't have much personal growth if you aren't taking risks. Risk taking, whether small or large, forces us outside our comfort zones (which are often outside the comfort zones of most other people, too). When you step out and do things that other people are too scared or too lazy to do, it makes them want to tear at you. Take comfort in the fact you, as a business owner and entrepreneur, can get things in business and in life that most other people are either too scared, too lazy or too risk averse to do.

The more things you do that others won't, the more things you will have that others don't.

Criticism also means other people are thinking about you when you aren't around

It should be flattering when someone is thinking about you when you are not around them. For someone to criticize you, it means that they are thinking about you in their spare time. You see, they have to come up with their words at some point in time and most of them don't say the same things to your face that they write anonymously on the internet.

If you don't have enough going on in your own life that you have to think about someone else (and negative things at that) then you must not be in that good of a place.

When others are openly criticizing you, relax: those at the top of their profession are almost always under attack.

Think about professional athletes. They are almost always under an absolute barrage of critical media attention. They don't get a break. Think about the executives that run major corporations: they are probably criticized on a daily basis by everyone from their peers to shareholders and especially from employees.

If you are doing things right and driving as much value as you can, then you should probably be thankful when someone criticizes you because you have pushed all thoughts of Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and their upcoming weekend activities out of their head and replaced it with you.

This should be good news for anybody. After all, as a business person, you are competing for customer attention and dollars from marketers and information sources from all across the world. If you've managed to put your brand, your opinion or your information in front of someone in light of other competing factors then you have just won yourself a big victory.

Adam Davis is a veteran entrepreneur. He is a sought-after consultant, writer, trainer and speaker on the subjects of building successful companies and real estate investing for radical wealth accumulation. His results oriented business systems and entertaining speaking style have helped countless entrepreneurs, real estate investors and small businesses succeed. Visit for more information.


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